Great race report James and you smashed sub-4 on your first mara - impressive stuff. The congestion of Paris puts me off. Would you do it again?
Have to say this forum has helped me achieve my target. Kept me on target and inspired. Thanks James and all.
I enjoyed Manchester. Pretty flat, good support in places, perfect temp for running. I was ready for the isolated bits at 19 miles to 21/22 miles. Beyond 22 miles my legs did get heavy but it was bearable. There was a great sign from 2 people saying 'pain is temporary, chip times are forever'. Definitely spurred me on. I was trying to encourage the walker in the final mile to get running again - someone thanked me afterwards as they jogged again.
As Andy said we saw each other at the finish. Not sure I was as fresh as he thought I was! Really enjoyed the finish though. I was sprinting in with a girl just ahead of me. I turned to look at her to say well done, and she turned out to be from my running club! Never spoken to her before so nice to have a little chat.
So, as James said, has anyone got anymore races planned? I'm doing the Nike 'we own the night' 10km in Viccy Park (where my running club trains). Also got Berlin marathon booked in September. I really, really want to do London and New York over the next couple of years too.