In short: Made for PB In full: Yes, as people mention the toilet situation is not ideal but that aside this course is one for PB. The course is run through lovely lanes and there is just one little climb throughout—if I recall. As ever with Nicework races, the races are chipped, the organisation great and the event well marshaled. Fig Rolls and Jaffa Cakes at the end! Date of review: June 17, 2015
In short: You will never find friendlier marshals! In full: First time doing the race; as a former ORR I spent the previous years volunteering. It's true what they say about the marshals, those yellow shirts make everyone feel special and have a whale of a time in the process!
It's a tough run but that makes it all the more satisfying for having done it. Forget about a PB for this one and embrace this little gem.
Very minor comment; I like to see a male urinal at races as it really takes the pressure off portaloos. It didn't affect me but the queues were getting quite long in the leadup to the race.
In short: The Hardest Half, love it!! In full: My normal half marathon time is 1:42, this took me 3 hours, that's how hard it is. What a great race though, would certainly come back. Date of review: June 17, 2015
In short: Ahh got to love the Munro otherwise why else put yourself through the pain !! In full: 4th time round and it was as immense as ever !! And as I did last year - I say to myself never again but how can you not.... Thank you Dr Rob.. Must have been tough to change times etc.... but made no difference whatsoever (even my supporters didn't grumble at the 5.30 Sunday alarm call)..
And amazing support as always from the marshals, your alarm call would have likely been of a similar time and yet you all had a shout out and a smile for each and every runner !! Thank you :-)
And thank you Dr Rob.... Same time next year !! Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: Rock and Roll In full: Second running of the event and my second time too. Use of the Echo Arena at the start is useful. Sufficient toilets and easy to hand the baggage in. I'm sure the wave start helps prevent over crowding at the start. The route itself has a few hills in it towards the football grounds and Stanley Park. After that there is a generous downhill section back to the city centre. The direction problem from last year was fixed, so that was very pleasing. Even though I know the local area well it can be sometimes confusing. Crowds were good in places and the bands from what I briefly heard were good. The city centre had plenty of entertainment. Exiting the city via the tough "Upper Parli" and then on to Princess and Sefton Park. Good music and plenty of people enjoying the event. Slight trip up Penny Lane with the sudden U-Turn, playing the Beatles "Penny Lane" on auto-loop. Eventually it reaches the last 4 plus miles on the flat Prom. Last year the wind was behind, but this year it was in front. Not as strong as it has been, but when your tired it doesn't help. Nice finish area and medal. The area in the Arena is nice and cool, plus goodies. No issues collecting the bag. Just over 5 mins slower (ran a marathon 8 weeks ago), so a free pint at the end was well worth it. My GPS came in at 26.06m. Looking at the map data it lost the plot around Mathew Street and cut a few corners. The GPS is only a guide and the limitations are well known. No concern here.
Not the fastest course, but plenty of variety and challenge. Only the second year, but better than the first. Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: Hard, hilly, but worth it. In full: Friendly and well organised race, set off in theatrical style by Dracula warning of the hazards to come on the course. He wasn't fibbing, there's plenty of challenge and with it comes fantastic encouragement from the marshals and spectators dotted through the picturesque (and hilly) countryside. Mighty fine selection of cake on sale to support good causes at the end too :) Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: quite nice flat well organised In full: booked in last minute , easy to find, easy parking all ran smoothly, from getting there to bag drop off & pickup only complaints not many loos & took ages to get out the carpark overall not bad Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: the best in britain. In full: hi my name is Jason I travelled from Plymouth to do this race I have done two marathons and loads of other race,s but this one beats them all this is the best race by far just one thing I would say is I wish it was a uka/ run Britain race or chip time apart from that I will be back to do this again as its the best I have ever done. Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: Great scenery but poor organisation In full: I really enjoyed the course. The hills were challenging but satisfying due to the superb scenery. There were problems with the results - they seemed to have lost some people's times, which is obviously very disappointing for those affected. I was pleased with the curry but feel sorry for those who didn't get any. They really need to make sure that the correct numbers are catered for in future. The people were a friendly bunch and well intentioned but they didn't quite get it right this year. Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: seventh year and gets better everytime In full: excellent organisation as usual, the Marshalls are simply the best so cheerful. The interaction with the other runners makes it a very special race and will be back next year for number 8 Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: Hill after hill after hill after hill but well organised, well supported and good fun! In full: I had read before hand that the course was undulating but I discovered that to be the understatement of the century! From short steep ones to long drawn out ones the hills on this course are certain to give you aching calves the next morning. If you're a time/PB orientated runner then this race race is probably not for you but if you enjoy a challenge and like well organised races with enthusiastic support at every turn then you'll love this race. Nice medal (which I personally believe is important although I know runners are split on this)! Water stations were very frequent which was brilliant. Weather was perfect for running with a bit of drizzle and overcast sky. Long queues for the toilets due to unmarked urinals. Race start area could do with being either wider or have pens in order of expected finish time as I got stuck behind a lot of slower runners for the first 1/2 mile. All in all a good day out and satisfying experience. Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: Brilliant but tough In full: Wow, hills, woods, more hills, Marshalls were all brilliant and all so positive every step of the way, will def be coming back next year. Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: Rock´N`Roll - Nothing more to say In full: Great race, but sleepy Liverpudlians. Hey, there was a big concert in your town and you missed it and we rocked your streets. Tough profile from the start and bad wind at the end, but it didn´t come unexpected Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: A way to site see In full: The start was a little confusing, turned up at the arena to go to the loo and get changed etc but no stewards seem to know where the actual start line was. Eventually I found it joined the corral which was tight and set off at 9.15 * I was in the 9th wave. The commentator at the start was good and built up the atmosphere.
The route took in some of Liverpool's best bits the Liverbirds, the water front, Town Hall, Matthew Street,Cathedral, China Town and 2 of the parks before finishing along the promenade into a head wind which by that point was sole destroying!!
The bands on half marathon route were good I think there were about 5 or 6, the last one was more scouse house than rock n roll but it was upbeat when running into the wind on the last stretch.
The event has so much potential for more supporters, the streets werent lined but small crowds of families did come out and cheer and their support was appreciated. Come on people of Liverpool - show London Marathon and Newcastle Great North Run what you are really like!!
There were plenty of water stops, lucozade and gels available too and the volunteers worked hard on these points - thank you!
The stewards were a massive let down mainly as they were more like door men than race marshals. I saw them smoking, eating, sitting away from road closures etc maybe just use a different company next year who are more event friendly.
The finish line was lovely - its where all the supporters were hiding and the last stretch was painful as I am no runner. I was greeted by a lovely lady who gave me my very nice medal and directed into the arena for a goody bag and t.shirt. The finish inside was a good idea if you had to wait for others finishing and has all the facilities which you needed. The goody bag was basic but useful and nothing to throw away in it and the t.shirt a good quality yellow tech top.
I didnt use the baggage facility.
All in all it was a good event, only tweeks would be to brief the marshals more to know about the event and be a bit more interested in what was going on! Thanks for bringing the Rock n Roll series to Liverpool. Date of review: June 16, 2015