In short: Friendly, scenic, good facilities, deserves more runners In full: This was an excellent 10 mile at a time of year when not many around. Good running surfaces throughout, but virtually no trafic and good scenery. Long gentle uphill for first 3 miles then along the top for a while and a fast last three miles down hill. Organisers very friendly. Good facilities at camp site that is race base. Will definitely be back and hope it builds support for its third run next year. Date of review: October 15, 2005
In short: Had a great run. Well marshelled. Great crowd support. In full: Unfortunately the end was chaotic with regards to medal & goody bag collection and where to leave your race chip. I will definately take part again next year. Date of review: October 15, 2005
In short: Fast course with good chance of PB time. In full: I can uderstand people not being happy about baggage tent etc. but I thoroughly enjoyed the race. The course was flat and completely traffic free which is a bonus. I was lucky enough to get to the turn early and avoid the crowd and to be honest coming from London it is a pleasure to run along the waterfront road in Liverpool. When you run on a course with traffic you may start to appreciate a traffic free course. But yes as I said I can understand people being unhappy. Date of review: October 15, 2005
In short: Getting better each year In full: My fourth year in a row, shall be back next year. The wave starts introduced last year were a graet improvement, and the new route helped the parking making leaving afterwards much better than previosu years. Still think more toilets are needed ! Great race overall, great friendly atmosphere for runners (and walkers) of all standards. Best race outside of FLM I think. Date of review: October 14, 2005
In short: Nice little race In full: Layout of race means that upon exiting the stadium, some congestion is inevitable. Having said that, the field opened out soon enough, with plenty of room to put your foot down.
Have my doubts about the first km marker, but other than that, no complaints.
A really weighty, chunky medal at the end for those of you that like such things. Date of review: October 14, 2005
In short: A great race for everybody - runners, spectators and marshalls all seemed to have loads of fun. this is definetly one of the top five road races in the country Date of review: October 14, 2005
In short: This was my first two lap marathon & it wasn't as bad as I anticipated. In full: The course was varied & interesting with a trip through the castle grounds, out to the coast & through parkland. It was flat if you like that kind of thing & the marshals & drink stations were well organised. The people dawdling four abreast at the back of the Half were a bit of a pain but the best bit was the Millenium Stadium. Totally unique. Brilliant. Date of review: October 14, 2005
In short: Loved it. In full: ok ok… so yes, it could have been more scenic, yes the start/finish line could have been explained to the runners a few more times, yes the queue to the baggage was long, but in defence of the organisers and playing devils advocate:
1) there wasn't a formal queue to collect the goody bag/, medal from. I watched this form up, the way the British do (ooo we love forming queues)... There were 4 vans with differing sizes of t-shirts, but the approach from the road meant people started queueing at the first van, before being directed to successive vans for there particular t-shirt size.
2) the scanning of tags by a hand wand, after the finish line is a safety measure, to ensure every tag is recorded. In theory, at least, all tags will be recorded by the cable running over the finish line, however (going by the web site of the company providing the timing facilities) it seems nothing is 100% fool-proof. I approached a man with a hand scanner and asked him to scan me to be 100% sure it had logged me finishing the race.
3) to have had the turn-around going around the entire roundabout would have meant having the finish line moved. I guess the constraints for setting out the course, were that the start/end had to be in the area it was. Potentially the extra distance around the roundabout would have put the start/finish line out onto the road infront of the Porsche dealers?
In short: Well organised, excellent route. In full: Excellent well marshalled run. The scenery was good helped by the sunshine. Course was undulating rather than hilly. I will definitely be back.However if you want fancy dress or loads of supporters this is not the one for you. Date of review: October 14, 2005