In short: Manchester badly let down by the race organisers In full: Plus points: Flat course, wonderful marshals and fantastic support from the Manchester public. Weather was dry and not too warm.
Negative points: Official parking at MUFC was a farce - £10 for hour-long queues that meant I had to run to the start of the race, seriously stressed, with my pre-race routine out of the window and no time for a baggage drop (although based on other people's comments this might have been a good thing). Mile markers were confusing (2 x 22 mile signs?) and race finish was seriously overcrowded - whose idea was it to put a free bar so close to the finish line which added to the congestion?
I've done this race once before; 2012 with its "Tough Mudder" baggage fiasco. Positive feedback from subsequent years lead me to give it another chance this year....I should have known better. Date of review: April 11, 2016
In short: Challenging HM but well worth the effort In full: First time for me, so didn't know what to expect but despite the snow, sleet & rain and the steep hill after 6 miles, I really enjoyed it. Fair play to the marshals who endured the weather - at least us runners were moving! Well done to all concerned! Date of review: February 12, 2013
In short: The best marathon event I've taken part in - thoroughly recommend it In full: I absolutely loved this event. Its my 5th marathon (done Edinburgh, Greater Manchester and Robin Hood x 2) and my most enjoyable. The run along the New Brighton promenade was uplifting, the tunnel run was unforgettable, the noise at the tunnel-end was thunderous and the support in Liverpool was fantastic. The organisation was clockwork (including parking at Liverpool One and shuttle-bus to Birkenhead)and I'm really struggling to think of any criticism....alright, the chocolate energy bar at the finish was like a 1970s dried-up dog turd, but who cares? I haven't stopped smiling since Sunday....Will be back next year Date of review: October 16, 2012
In short: Fast course, good support and a great stadium finish In full: 3rd time I've done this race - its special because of the stadium finish, love it. Route is a bit dull, but well supported in the City Centre and the turning point. Got a PB but the heat made it a grim experience. Only criticisms are low quality T-shirt and problems getting out of the ice rink car park afterwards, but minor gripes only. I'll be back! Date of review: May 31, 2012
In short: Top event, organisation like clock-work, will definitely do again next year! In full: Ran the marathon for the 2nd year running and thoroughly enjoyed the event (apart from the last few miles of suffering before reaching the finish line). The whole day went like clock-work and I've not a single gripe. Will be back next year. Date of review: September 14, 2011
In short: Hard work but very rewarding - and fantastic scenery! In full: 1st time doing this race and it was a great experience. Bizarrely, I enjoyed the 7 miles uphill to the summit above Wessenden Head Reservoir, but then struggled on the final 3 miles downhill to Marsden. What's that all about? Highlights were the breathtaking scenery, reaching the summit at 7 miles, crossing the finish line and the tea & pasties afterwards. Will definitely be back next year! Date of review: June 6, 2011
In short: If ever a marathon event could be described as a thoroughlu uplifting experience, this was it! In full: I got home from this event absolutely delighted with the whole day (apart from pain of the marathon itself!). I thought the event was hassle-free, loads of toilets, efficient kit drop-off, lots of freebie energy products, loads of encouraging and helpful stewards, good support and an interesting route for someone unfamiliar with Nottingham, like myself. I can't think of a single negative aspect to the event. Date of review: September 13, 2010