In short: who needs london? In full: I may never do the London Marathon again! No chickens, balloons, non-runners, crowds,no people in the way! Beautiful contry-side as opposed to Canary Wharf. Marshalls ans supporters who were obviously connected to running and there for the runners. Marshalls who were always friendly and chatty as there weren't thousands of runners. Runners who had the time to chat to us slow, under 4hr, trotters -especially the 100 Club members, all of who are nutters and great characters. You start in a lovely little school and end there -no baggage lorries, no wait . A little boy gets your bag and looks really happy to help. You can have a shower!! I knew I was doing a runners marathon when I needed loo paper, turned to the assembled changing room and aked if anyone had any.20 blokes produced loo paper instantly -a tip I'll remember for next year, when I have every intention of doing this marathon again. Date of review: May 17, 2005
In short: Nice day out In full: If you have young kids definitely go, as there is a nice fancy dress fun walk and other activities. It gives the kiddies a chance to have a nice 3km run/walk whist you can have a nice race in the 10km. I cracked myself as I watched one kid push his mate in a wheel borrow on the 3 km run. The race was a multi lap run, consisting of 3 Laps (not one lap as stated on Runners World). I preferred this option as gave me a chance to judge my speed for the last two laps. If you are a beginner runner, I believe this is ideal as you can judge if your speed for the last two laps. I am very, very impressed at the speed of the results where published (next day on web). Note this is not run by a professional race club, but then again that is some of the attraction of the run. In the end for the day I had I would give it a five out of five, you may not get your personal best (but then do you need to).
In short: Friendly, scenic, well organised, hilly, sunny, free bananas In full: This was my first marathon. I was targeting a sub-4h and used the Runner's World sub-3:45 training schedule to give me some leeway.
I was a wee bit concerned about the course being "undulating" and how that would affect me on the day. As it turned out the course was indeed hilly, but not outrageously so. It was the sun that was the biggest problem - but the organisers had put on plenty of water stations. I managed a 3h57m so I met my target - just!
The event was very well organised with fantastic support from the spectators. The mile markers could have been a bit more prominent, but the direction markers were a good size. The marshalls were very friendly and encouraging.
Special thanks to "Banana Man" at about halfway - you gave me a much needed boost! Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Liverpool should be proud of itself for this one!!! In full: The course was fairly flat, with few real inclines, and this gave me the opportunity to run at a good pace for me. The crowd were friendly without being a nuisance. Cheers, and claps of encouragement, all the way round. All in all, I seemed to have a smile on my face, most of the way round the course. And when I hit that Finish line, I just couldn't stop grinning for ages. Sefton Park is beautiful, and a great place for a post-race picnic. Oh. And the Medal was about the nicest I've seen so far. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: A great race and a good family day out. Will definitely be back next year with the whole family. In full: This is a very friendly and well organised race. The goodie bag was excellent and the lady running the tannoy was superb - especially when she surprised the mayor by making him give a speech.
A big thank-you to the girl on the cake stall who did me a special "eat now, pay later" deal on a really tasty flapjack.
I'd recommend this race to anyone and will definitely be back next year. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: A good race at the right time! A PB for me and lots of smiles at the end In full: As everyone says, a couple of climbs but from previous forum notes I was expecting a lot worse so was surprised when I `sprightly` jogged up the hills. I was amazed at the up hill bit when it was on a cruddy path about two runners wide and there was a guy slowly walking up it in a leather jacket (I tutted very loudly as we all panted past!)It was a real welcome relief after Sheffield two weeks ago when my confidence droped a little bit. I feel lots better this week! Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Twelve and half women runners running together.. amazing In full: Amazing atmosphere, with mass warm up (music / instructors), pipers, huge crowds, steel bands, and glorious weather. Ideal race for first time racers... but real hard to get a personal best. Could the griding be more accurate to allow faster runners to run together? Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Not bad ... but could do better! In full: Good atmosphere, excellent t-shirt, fast second half to the course, but ... problems at the start, followed by some narrow sections on footpaths later, meant that I seemed to be passing slower runners for a long while into the race. Chip timing would seem to be a must for future years please organisers! Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Excellent, friendly and challenging. In full: A very well-organised, picturesque and pleasant event with excellent marshalls (especially the gentleman with the life saving bananas at half-way).More prominent mile markers would be welcome next year. Date of review: May 16, 2005