Charlie, I did Manchester in 2013 and really enjoyed it. It is the only marathon so far where my pace didn't suffer drastically in the last few miles. I think 15 secs slower in the last mile or so was it. Probably due to flat nature of course. Organisation, medal, goodie bag great and you run from theatre of dreams so parking not an issue, car parks are plentiful and can be booked in advance via man Utd. I really enjoyed it! They had improved since the previous/first year which was not a good restart to th Manchester marathon and fantastic reports ever since.