The Course and the Event
Manchester boasts a lively and fun atmosphere surrounding the event, with booming music motivating participants around the course. The event provides downloadable 8 week running plans for anyone who is new to running. An 8 week plan is something that is very achievable for most running newbies.
I’ve just received my running pack 2 weeks prior to the event, which has taken the hassle out of having to turn up to collect the number the day prior to the event like some other city marathon I’ve entered.
The course begins and ends in the center of Manchester, which makes traveling/staying near the start quite easy as there are a number of hotels in this area. We will be staying at the city center travelodge that is within walking distance from the start line. Learning from previous city events, staying close to the start line really helps reduce stress levels on the day of the event. The course looks pretty flat and fast. Unlike most city marathons that I’ve raced recently the Manchester Great North run 10km starts in the afternoon. My stomach does not normally like early morning running so we’ll see if this boosts my performance.
Things to do outside the event – it’s not all about the running ;P
The event is a live experience, and is a true test of your ability to work as a team. The Crystal Maze and is located right between the Museum of Science and Industry and the soon-to-be-brand-new St John’s Development. With work colleagues, and notable magazines recommending the experience our North Run group are really excited to try :D. The London versions is usually booked up for months, so it’s great to make the most of session availability in Manchester!
I have a coach based on the Isle of Man who builds my training around targeted events. Below is a sample week of training in the run up to the Manchester 10km.
- Mon 29/04 – 30 mins steady do some core work
- Tues – 6 to 8x400m with 2 mins rest run at approx. 1500m pace
- Wed – 35 to 40 mins steady
- Thurs – 45 mins – 15 easy, 15 hard, 15 easy
- Fri – 20 mins steady or rest
- Sat – 5 to 6x800m at approx. 3km/5km pace
- Sun – Long run – track runners 60 mins, road runners 70 to 80 mins
Follow me on strava to see how I’m performing in my sessions https://www.strava.com/athletes/12664764
My current personal best is sitting at 40.28, so a sub 40 minute time seems achievable in this race.