In short: Fantastic event that keeps you smiling despite the pain of 26.2 miles In full: Only my second marathon but one I'd relly like to do again. We were really lucky with the weather but what topped it all was the excelent organisation and sheer enthusiasm from all the marshals,cadets and volunters. By the time I passed the water point at mile 24 they must have been there for a good 5 hours or so but still had loads of support and encouragement.
The hill at 17.5 miles is a bit of a killer but you get the benefit of an easier last mile to finish.
Exiting the Queensway tunnel is worth the entry fee alone!
Great city, wonderful day! Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: I loved it. First time at anything beyond half marathon as I'm more a 10k runner but this was immense. In full: The route is very well though out, with the first half very relaxing as you start in the park, hit the coastline and take in a nice gentle breeze. The tunnel was epic and even though this is where my knees started to demand walking the drums in particular but all of the supporting from spectators and runners alike was much more then I expected and definitely helped me get home.
I did this for charity and am in bits now but I imagine if I did do a marathon again i'd be happy to do this one. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In full: This was a first marathon so can't compare but it all appeared fantastically organised for something on such a large scale.
The spectators, volunteers et al were wonderful and wonderfully encouraging when I was flagging...that Hill on Upper parliament... The scenery was magnificent, the drummers coming out of the tunnel perfectly placed to draw you on to strive a bit harder...definitly do it again. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Iconic ........... In full: Fantastic course, great atmosphere. The scenery is wonderful, coastal views, urban townscape, iconic architecture and beautiful rural outlook in Sefton Park. For sheer diversity this marathon comes highly recommended. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Very special course In full: especially liked the way how the course was Effectively like doing 2 very different half marathons back to back, with the very unique tunnel part breaking up the courses. The drums coming out of the tunnel were inspired and really got the blood pumping.
1st half of the course was very scenic when you got to Brighton prominade, and the nice sea breeze kept you cool.
2nd half was stunning running through the city whilst the heartbreak hill was challenging yet very rewarding once you reached the top. Sefton park seemed to go on forever, but then the file 1.5 miles is mostly downhill and carried me over the line.
Will defintly be back next year. Date of review: October 15, 2012