Hi folk, at least that makes about three of us running Liverpool.
I was getting concerned about the lack of news regarding the event after deciding to enter a few months back. The organisers seem more interested in displaying medals than discussing car parking and travel arrangements etc.
Their website is not very informative at best and a lack of a thread on here also had me wondering if I had made the right decision as I loved doing Edinburgh last year which is on the same Bank Holiday weekend.
My plan was to run Barcelona and then Liverpool as my two spring marathons. But after having a shocker in Spain I decided to make a last minute register for Manchester.
Really glad I did. Can't say the route was very picturesque but what do you expect to see around Altrincham - the Hanging Gardens of Babylon?
Top class event though, great organisation and I was only two minutes outside my 3 52 PB which was ok for an old geezer like me.
I know someone who lives in Liverpool and he says the climbs early on out towards the football grounds will be tough - but there's a relatively flat finish.
Great event, wonderful support, superbly organised but who on earth are these clowns Stuweb who have done the official timing. No results available that I can see. They should be on the official site by now. Get your act together.
Starting to have some doubts about my late decision to enter Manchester Mara. 12.5 on Monday followed by 9.5 yesterday (bloody stupid I know) and I was fit to drop last night. Hamstrings aching and legs feeling heavy.
Might now only run two or three times (5 milers) before a week on Sunday. I've done all the training in prep for Barcelona. I keep telling myself to rest but rarely do I listen to myself.
Can anyone tell me the best place for family to watch. Is it possible to watch the start and have time to jump on the metro and pop off to Altrincham? And then back for the finish maybe?
I haven't studied the route in great detail but in Alty is there a chance of seeing runners go past twice?