I had been looking forward to this for a while. Having done the Manchester 10k numerous times when i saw this advertised i decided to sign up. The text below and route map are borrowed from the race website;
After a 10 year absence the Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford brings the ultimate running challenge back to Manchester. On the 29th April 2012 thousands of runners will take to the streets to achieve their personal dream. The 26 mile 385 yard course will take in some key landmarks and beautiful countryside around the borough of Trafford.
The course is one of the flattest in the world, so is great for anyone looking to do their first marathon, or for those looking to set a new personal best time.
Route map for 2011 race, this is to change for next years starting at Old Trafford home of the greatest football team Manchester United.
I improved my marathon PB and got round a miserable day in 3 hrs 32 mins, i hope to improve on this and aim for around 3 hrs 15 mins.