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Manchester, NW England: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-13889275
I'll do it if I don't get in to London.
MC Dave wrote (see)
Manchester in April - nice!
I'll have you know Manchester was beautiful in April this year .......its the only bloomin' Summer we've had so far tho!
I'm up for this too, but will be waiting til I've found out about London first til I enter.
also thinking of doing it as its my hometown. as with few other people waiting see get in london first. just apppeals to me more.
Mandie_R: I would enter Manchester now - the odds are you won't get into London, and even if you do, you can defer.
I'm going to give it a miss this year - only because I have a place in Brighton, and already booked a hotel room for me and the family. But I've volunteered to help, and hope it runs again in 2013.
For those who don't know the area, it runs ou through the suburbs, and through the edge of leafy Cheshire.
We're in. Forget London - overcrowded and a royal pain to get to and from.
Manchester much more appealing - lie in, in my own bed, with a proper breakfast and a short drive home.
Agree with DeliH it would be rude not to!
Just signed up didn,t want to risk missing my new local marathon.
Just need to shake of a back injury thats crocked me for a couple of months and i'll be back to my laps round Chorlton water park.
Might need 2 find a few new routes though don't fancy 26 laps round the lake nice as it is.
How are you?
I may yet decided to do this remarkable event to celebrate my 40th birthday year and 2012 Olympics year?
Wilmslow sounds ideal, tried to get in last year but i was to late.
I bet it will be even more popular this time because alot of manchester marathon runners will be wanting in.
I've entered, I'm another one waiting to see what the London ballot throws up though!
I got a ballot place in London last year so I was working on the basis that the chances of getting in 2 years in a row are pretty slim - so had been looking at Paris as an alternative. I had pretty much made up my mind that that'd be the one until I saw something about the new Manchester one.
I think it'll be completely different to what I'd originally planned - ok it's still a city, but with a field of a few thousand rather than 10's of thousands I think it will be a different experience alltogether.
There's plusses and minuses to that - but there was something about Manchester that just seemed to grab me.
Still early days, but if anyone has recommendations of accommodation (within simple and fairly quick travelling proximity to the start!) I'd welcome suggestions!