In short: Tough Marathon as the undulations seem more like hills on last lap ! However outstanding organisation and big field of 600 Runners. Also the Relay offers another perspective on the race In full: One of the best organised races in a mix of town and country. Three laps is not to everyone's taste and it can be quite a tough run with some longish inclines. Water and Isotonic stations and plenty of parking plus close to train station.
The three laps offers a relay option for a team of three and this also means more company on the road for the marathoners although need to show discipline on your pacing and not chase somebody only doing 8.73 miles ! However all relay runners are clearly identified to avoid confusion. Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: Loved it! In full: Although you will never get a PB unless you start right at the front, this race is superb especailly for beginners and people who have never run before, atmosphere was electric and the support was good - Well Done Liverpool Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: my first marathon ever, and the best experience to go on running In full: Challenging as it was quite hilly, you need to pace yourself from the start as i started very dynamically and the third lap was very painful to me. Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: Very well organised, as long as you like laps In full: Hardest marathon i've done, but managed a PB (glad I did some hill work in my training). Excelent organisation and teeshirt is a good design. Thanks to all the organisers. Like the ability to have water or energy drink at each drink station. Doing laps is hard when the route undulates so much.
In short: Come for the fun, not for a PB In full: Better route than last year - published route looks better still, but can't avoid roadworks at moment. Never seen so many smiling faces. Even my wife managed to smile and run at the same time! Let's hope we got the record Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: Excellent Race ! In full: Biggest problem was trying to leave the venue at the end due to traffic. Excellent event, would recommend it if you're scared of the cold and wet. Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: Great spectacle - excellent to be a part of. In full: Well organised. Good fun. Even worth the embarrassment of getting dragged out of our hotel room by the fire alarm at 7am dressed like Santa! Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: Well organised but could do with a clock at the finish In full: The race was well organised & marshalled and good as part of a training programme, but needs a clock at the race finish & better signs for toilets. Very challenging hill! Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: A good, friendly, low-key event, and I hope it stays that way! In full: It was very good to see this race resurected, after a year out in 2004. With new organisers involved, it wasn't surprising there were a few things that could have been better, but nothing serious enough to spoil the enjoyment.
On a frost free day like it was this year, the course definitely has pb potential, with barely an incline to contend with. But I do recall one year when there was ice on the roads, and the corners were lethal. If the field was allowed to get much bigger there would be bottlenecks for the first km or so, but as it is it's fine.
After the race, there was nice warm hall to go back to, with plenty of tea and coffee, and a very efficient bag retrieval system. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: muddy with 6 hills and 2 scrambles In full: With the weeks rain came mud - great for an off-road race but the last 2 climbs were too slippery to run up, or was that something to do with the pain and fatigue??? Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Good fun but could have been better organised In full: Agree with some other posts that:
1. Too many runners who 'could' have been dealt with if there had been a bit more organisation
2. Marshalls on route very rare which is not good considering the potential for injury or other mishap is quite high
3. Didn't quite see the point of most runners avoiding the water obstacles where possible
Saying that I did get stuck in perhaps too enthusiastically with the water and paid the price, not having done a similar run before. Soon found myself convinced I had left my legs and resolve at the last water dip. Shocking how cold water sucks the energy out of you. Much more than 8 miles in what it takes out of you. Date of review: December 5, 2005