I like a bit of satire & Irony !! Manchester is sponsored by Asics who are obviously big advertisers in the magazine & one the website so no surprise there - money talks.
No Giants Head, No Larmer Tree, No Great Langdale.
Of those I have done Robin Hood (6 times), Milton Keynes & Windermere (60 times) are all fantastic events - Brighton, Edinburgh & Blackpool I wouldn't bother doing again.
I have my time goals too so understand that but unless you PB every time you'll be disapointed on occasion.
I target certain events to "race" & others just for fun, I'm carrying injuries meaning my next few races will be for fun but hoping to find some fitness & form in time for Amsterdam.
If you want a quick spring race Malta, Barcelona & Rotterdam are all quick.
get well soon.
have you considered the walking event on the Saturday ? you can still be a part of things without having to run.
no chance of making it ? it's over 2 months away ? maybe go for the half ?
Amsterdam is a great marathon with its start & finish in the stadium, I've done it 3 times before with 2 PB's
It's flat & fast although be sure ti get into your start pen in time as the start can be rather congested until you are out of the stadium.
You do need to be careful with your footing with the tram tracks on the road.
The on course support is good in the city but quiet on the riverside.
If you are used to running with mile markers in the UK be sure to remember it's KM's.
Gonna start my training on September 1st.
I have always been OK with gels on the course but I can eat anything, bananas are usually provided - I prefer not to have the extra weight of food & drink etc & like to run as light as possible.
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