In short: Fantastic weather, organisation, goody bag etc, what more can I say In full: Superb race, great racing conditions. Knocked > 5 mins off last year. This is one race well worth returning to. Less crowded than the GNR and far less walkers, but I went with the first wave so that helped. At least you can actually start in your alloted wave, at the GNR I was so far back I may as well started last! Well done to the organisers Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: Had a great day! In full: Was a really good race - especially the atmosphere and crowds. The organisation was brilliant - although I would also say there weren't enough mile markers - or maybe they just weren't in the right places?
Had a fantasic day!! Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: My first marathon - I enjoyed it no end. In full: Probably my only gripe with the race was the mile markers not being in correct places. Didn't bother me that much as I was just after a half decent time, but if it hadn't been my first and I was aiming for a sub 3 hour I would have found it extremely diffuclt pacing myself per mile. The half marathon has probably reached its limit as far as numbers are concerned, I wasn't really bothered by them but many more and I could have been. Stadium finish was excellent and you couldn't wait for a flatter faster course. Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: Very good - but could be even better! In full: Definitely a quick course. Absolutely fantastic finish in the Millenium Stadium. The 'grass-crete' in the park is hated by everyone - it has to go!!! Some problems with motorists in non-closed-off streets and with dogs running loose in the park. Some organisational problems with the baggage at the start and also at the finish. Good marshalling, though. Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: Overall, cracking route and I did enjoy it. And wasn't the weather kind to us! Hopefully I'll be doing the full monty next year. In full: My 2nd half-thoroughly enjoyed it, and the spectators were superb, very supportive! A few things meant it wasn't up to scratch on last year: 1. Runners packs sent out a little late and no baggage tag this year. 2. Double the amount of runners in the half meant it was difficult jostling through the slower runners in the narrow park track. If more runners are taking part, maybe change the route or send us out in speed order. 3. Why weren't the medals given out on a ribbon (they were in a box). I love to stand outside wrapped in my foil wearing my medal for hubby to take a picture! No goodie bags this year.
In short: Boring In full: Considering the parks and tourist attractions in Liverpool the route was not a good choice. Finish at Liver building was good but the finish line was a disaster (where was it and why were the chips scanned at random ages after crossing),baggage tent was useless, leaving people standing in the codl for up to 1 hour. the old route was better-bring it back. Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: On of the biggest rip offs in the racing calendar In full: Where do I start: Dire organisation, no information at the start; chips didn't record start of race; ill-fitting, ugly sponsor-orientated T-shirt; laughable goody bag (surely with all those sponsors listed on the back of the shirt they could give you more than a banana and a (sponsored) bar of chocolate?); medals that didn't arrive (and cost extra); route around Bath rather than through it, so we could have been anywhere; Ridiculously overpriced.
The lucozade was the best thing about the day. This is my nearest large event and I ain't coming back. As I am writing this after the 2005 event it seems the organiswers have yet to learn their lesson. While people are prepared to pay top money for poor events such as this it is unlikely things will improve. Date of review: October 13, 2005