Also Warren the trams will be a lot emptier heading back to Alty than they will be heading into Manchester There is a taxi rank right outside Altrincham and Sale tram stops so take your pick, don't stop at Navi road or brooklands though as there is no dedicated taxi rank there. taxi is around £12 to the airport. ps, welcome to the thread and good luck on race day!
Karl - Good to see you back on here. Sounds like you have your head down and focused on the marathon. Good stuff.
Ranjeep - Hopefully those shin splints will disappear soon. rest up
Carter - Sounds like you are back on track after illness!
I'm off to Manchester this weekending for the up&running 18 miler and am going to give the Aldi jelly babies a whirl. I don't do much training with gels etc (sometimes take 1 on a long run but dont always have it). training this week has felt good, my legs appear to be responding a little bit rather than the dull ache they have been for the last 2 or 3 weeks. A good VO2 session on Tuesday and a 19k Wed with a nice and easy 6k lunchtime recovery run today in the sun.
RRR - Ive been thinking about my ABC goals for some weeks now. A would be a sub 3:30 but I'd have to have a REALLY good day! Plus with being a first timer im sure there are many unknowns on the day ready to trip me up. I dont feel i could be better prepared though, i've done the miles and know the route inside out and have run 80% of the roads daily for the last 4 months. B goal would be 3:45, going off at 3:30 pace and tailing off is what i think is more realistic. C goal is just getting round and enjoying the day.
RRR - Don't worry about having a moan, we have all been there and most of us are going through a tough time with training at the moment. Legs are tired, injuries/niggles are rife and mental well-being is being tested to its limits. There are very few people left on here who are feeling pumped and ready to take on the world right now, so hang on in there I had a stinker of a run on Friday then a really strong run on Saturday. My head doesnt know what to make of things at the moment. One minute I think 3:30 is possible and then others I think about running a sub 4/just finish!