I promised to write a little report about last Sunday's Greater Manchester Marathon, so here goes!
It was a perfect day for running - dry, still and sunny without being too hot. I'd never have thought it possible to get sunburned in Manchester in April, but I managed it! The course was great too - flat as a pancake - and the support all the way round was brilliant. Marshals were wonderful - especially this Forum's very own poppypug, who managed to spot me at around mile 24 and give me a cheer - the power of the Forum, Julia! It was one of those rare days when I felt good all the way, and I clocked 3 hrs 37 mins. It was my fourth marathon and best time yet - which just goes to show that it's possible to carry on making yourself better and better at running!
There were lots of complaints after the run about queues of two hours to collect bags - which after you've run a marathon must be a nightmare. Fortunately I didn't have to do that, though I did get snarled up in traffic, which was also badly managed. But the brilliant Manchester crowds make me inclined to recommend it to anyone who wants a nice flat course.
Good luck to those of you running your own marathons in the next few weeks - I hope they are as memorable for you as mine was.