In short: Well organised, tremendous support and a fast course. In full: The race village was excellent, no queues at all for the bag drop/pick-up and an adequate amount of toilets. The course, the first four miles were very dull looping back on yourself around the back of Old Trafford but once out on the road in the residential areas it really came into it's own. Fantastic support along the streets throughout. The open and empty area of Carrington at around mile 21 was tough but it's not too long before it picks up again for the final push. One thing, I noticed a few people running into cones. Some could have been placed more kindly. I stayed with the Brooks 4 hour pacer for the majority who was very good at giving regular updates and encouragement. It did get congested in that pack at times though. Plenty of water stations and I liked the jelly squares, I would have liked isotonic drinks at a couple more stations. Nice big medal at the end and a very good technical t-shirt thrown in as well.
A very good and satisfying race in all. Date of review: April 30, 2013