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Greater Manchester Marathon 2012

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Jul 2012
1:11pm, 25 Jul 2012
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monsenb1
I also quite liked the Dunham Massey section.. I thought the route was ok, apart from that final underpass..
Jul 2012
1:21pm, 25 Jul 2012
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plodding hippo
I really cant recall an underpass
Jul 2012
1:34pm, 25 Jul 2012
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Nelly
PH - it was at about 25.5miles. From memory, we ran past the shopping centre on the right hand side with a drinks station opposite on the left, then dropped down a curved walkway under the main road and then back up some very shallow steps on the otherside and then back onto the road that went over the tramway and finally onto the park.

To be fair, I thought the slope of the bridge (you can't call it a hill) over the tram line was worse than coming out of the underpass.
Jul 2012
1:42pm, 25 Jul 2012
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Battlecat
My brother said he was allowed across the road rather than through the underpass, he finished in about 5hours 30.

And yes, I liked the Dunham Massey section too. I thought it was a good mix of urban and rural over the whole route.
Jul 2012
5:14pm, 25 Jul 2012
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faz1967
The park in Dunham Massey was good, although the slope up to it took a bit out of my pace. BUT the "muddy" footpath coming out the other side pretty much destroyed me and by the time I was on those rural roads after it I was just about putting 1 foot in front of the other, down to 9:30 per mile with 8 miles to go ... into a stiff breeze ... #shudder# ... still have nightmares.

The underpass wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, probably because I was going slower than I anticipated I would be by then (see paragraph above!).

Generally a great course - it should've been an almost perfect run, and would have been if it had been dry and 10 degrees warmer - kind of what you would expect in late April.
Jul 2012
5:17pm, 25 Jul 2012
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faz1967
If I had been 4 minutes slower I would have definately done it again, and although I was disappointed with my time it was understandable in the conditions and still the sub-4 hours I really wanted to register so I can't decide whether to put myself through the whole ordeal again .... training, the physical and mental preparation, and then the day ... glorious as it was!
Jul 2012
5:37pm, 25 Jul 2012
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plodding hippo
oh YEAH!

I even took a pic of it

flickr.com
Jul 2012
5:48pm, 25 Jul 2012
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monsenb1
nice pic! ..now I don't remember the burger eating PACMAN.. :)
Jul 2012
6:16pm, 25 Jul 2012
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plodding hippo
well, id lost the plot by then and ws walking loads
Jul 2012
9:50pm, 25 Jul 2012
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pato1967
Strange how peoples memories/views are different, underpass was fine with me because I knew it signalled the home straight :-) The "after" Dunham Massey bit and rural stretch on a better weather day wouldn't have been a problem but on the day in general I found the crowd support a massive help and it was scarce on those sections . Normally I am fairly ambivalent about crowd support but the day of the manc mara I found it helped a lot. My money is on a a heatwave next year with everyone moaning about hot the baggage reclaim tent is ;-)

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