In short: PB potential and terrific support In full: Firstly, a big thanks to all the supporters who were fantastic for the entire course offering huge encouragement and seemingly endless supply of jelly babies. Best marathon crowd and support I've ever experienced.
The course is fast and virtually flat, if a little dull, so great PB potential.
Liked the water pouches, once opening/drinking technique had been mastered. Easy to carry and little wasteage. Plenty of water stops. Seemed to be plenty of energy blocks but carried my own gels.
Parking was a complete fiasco. Being non-local I booked into the Old Trafford car park but roads were closed. There was only 1 diversion sign then got completely lost in maze of roads. Eventually paid another £10 to park in nearby office car park, so money and time wasted. Many others appeared to do the same with a big queue of cars going into this "unofficial" car park and handing over their £10. The race instructions advised to take account of road closures, but if promoting the Man Utd car park then explicit instructions on how to get to it to it when the roads are closed should have been given. This is the only negative I have, albeit a very big one, on what otherwise was a very well organised event. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Inadequate drinks provision In full: This race was severley let down by inadequate water and energy drink provision for the marathon runners. I felt sorry for first time marathoners who were dropping like flies on the grenway the second time round, several with cramp, who may well not have realised what they were required to provide for themselves in terms of gels/water/isotonics, etc.
The number of water stations was fine (apart from their sparsity on the greenway) the problem was the plastic cups - you can only get 2 or 3 gulps out of the cup at most, unless you stop running. With a water bottle you can hold on to it and take sips as you need it.
One energy drink stop was also not adequate. On other races volunteers have handed out jelly babies, chocolotaes, etc. along the way. This didn't happen here.
In summary I would have been prepared to pay extra for bottled water and more energy drink/food rather than have to carry my own. I would also give a strong health warning, to first time marathon runners in particular, about the need to bring along their own water/fuel.
Apart from these criticisms I enjoyed the event. Date of review: April 27, 2010
In short: Flat, friendly, fenland run In full: The vast majority of the race is on quiet fenland roads with pleasant views compensating for lack of atmosphere. Exposed to wind. Good support when passing through the village. Excellent, stress-free organisation. Medal but no goody bag which is reflected in the reasonable entry fee. All round very good! Date of review: September 14, 2009