In short: Great route, lots of variety, great medal and tshirt! But not really as advertised... In full: This marathon was advertised as 'flat and fast' when I entered...it definitely wasn't flat. Pretty much up for the first 8 miles, then a steep hill. More undulations and another biggish hill at 20. Loved the variety on the route...the parks were nice and great running past the football stadiums etc. Lots of encouragement from the spectators, especially at the end which was very welcome! Definitely lacking on the music front. I expected a lot more live music as was led to believe there would be 'music every mile', but there wasn't. What there was was very welcome though. I loved Liverpool and had a great weekend overall. Fab medal, nice tech t-shirt and a free beer and great organisation. Not a good race for me as I wasn't expecting the hills...but then maybe I was just having an off day, who knows?! Date of review: June 4, 2014
In short: Good route, questionable organisation, not really "rock n roll" In full: Enjoyed the route and the City sights, generally a good race atmosphere, although outside of the main areas the support was sparse. The 'stages' on route were mainly just DJSs with very little crowd or rock n roll. Biggest worry was half of the field went the wrong way between mile 9-10, I was just at the front of the pack on the amended route, nobody was sure how this affected the leaders times/distance. Other organisational aspects were okay, good water/fuel. Starting pens hard to get in and out of with my bib number putting me in a coral way behind the pacemakers of my estimated time that I had submitted. Good weather and a free beer made for a cracking day out though. Date of review: June 2, 2014
In short: Restored my faith in running in Liverpool In full: I'm one of the slow runners who had been let down rather badly by other runs in Liverpool so I approached this with a large degree of worry...
The comms throughout have been excellent, the social runs on a Wednesday night in the weeks before the Marathon were a great idea and built a bit of a community.
This was my 6th road marathon and for me as well organised as London, the start and finish areas worked well for me (but I wasn't at the peak times), all of the water stations were still handing out water, gel and although there were fewer bands than perhaps I expected the amp stack at Otterspool made up for it as indie rock started us down the Prom.
A stonking medal, a technical t-shirt and a beer at the end:-)
I'm probably doing the half next year so I can support my mates who'll be doing their first full - they loved what they saw, and what I've said.
In short: Great day lacking in rock and roll though. In full: Good start to the day, use of Echo Arena great as no toilet queues and coral system worked well for me, plenty of room. Plenty of drinks and gels on route. Course fine but could be tweaked, maybe could include parts of the old route on Wirral with great views of the Liverpool skyline and a unique run through the tunnel. I was expecting more bands on the course, one of the few I did see were playing 'You'll never walk alone', not very inspiring for me being an Evertonian! Crowds a bit sparse overall, have had better support at previous Liverpool events so not sure how well publicised it was locally. Medal is the best I've got though and good T-shirt also, when I finally worked out where to get it. Date of review: May 31, 2014
In short: Cracking event, ran like clockwork, with a great party atmosphear In full: A very good event indeed, great admin, baggage and finish area. Faultless support from the marshals, locals and water areas. Decent route, with PB potential taking in plenty of Liverpool's landmarks. Great finish area, with a free beer to get you in the Party mood. Already signed up for next year. Date of review: May 30, 2014
In short: Great fun and mostly well organised In full: Enjoyed this race, from the beginning it was great that they had secured the whole of the Echo arena meaning plenty of shelter for runners and loads of proper loos (didn't queue once!). Only problem was finding how to get to the baggage area on the area floor, no one - Echo staff or marshals - seemed to know and spent ages walking round in circles. Course was most good, showcases the best part of the city but also takes in the parks, however there were some more dull, industrial areas too we had to run through. Not flat at all, but at least good views on the hills! The marshalling was sparse though, while I never got lost I did wonder at some points if I was going the right way. Plenty of water and gels. A few bands and DJs along the way but quite far between, was hoping for them every mile at least. Finish area was excellent, good support, lots of food in the goodybag. The medal is a real stunner and certainly made my day!! Technical tee-shirt's not bad either although only in unisex sizes and same for both the 1/2 and full. Will def do it again, and hopefully another RnR race again soon. Date of review: May 29, 2014
In short: Good but room for improvement In full: Overall I did enjoy the race but a few things let it down such as lack of support round the majority of the course and not being as much rock 'n' roll round the course as advertised. I thought the 3hr 15 pacers were brilliant. 2 guys working together to encourage everyone in the group and grab water / gels to share around. Would be nice to see a 3hr pacer though next year just in case I get ambitious. Date of review: May 28, 2014
In short: great potential, but felt short-changed In full: This was my first marathon having done a few city half marathons / 10ks. I would agree with other runners about the 'rock and roll' - fine at end but patchy on the course - just a handful of bands and a few DJs in tents.
The real failing though was inadequate marshalling. The leader went the wrong way in the first mile and had to be put back on the course, and then the chasing pack (places 2 to about 10) carried on down the flyover at around mile 9.5, before spotting the 10-mile marker on the other flyover! This cost me nearly a minute and the front few quite a bit more. Things got worse during mile 11 when we ran into a deserted city centre and literally came to a standstill to work out where to go next. Luckily a local lad in about 10th position had an idea of where to go and we managed to find our way back. Again this cost us all half a minute or so. The marshalling then picked back up as we left the city centre but was patchy again at the back end of Sefton Park where we also nearly ran into a moving car on a closed road.
On a positive note - the water, lucozade and gel at the stations was spot on - didn't have to carry anything at all. And the locals on the course were really supportive! Date of review: May 27, 2014
In short: Great one for newbies, but for PB would need course tweaks In full: Overall a job really well done by RnR other than the marshalling gap at mile 10 and some safety howlers with course bollards in Mathew St/city centre.
The low field was I think partly due to local runners branding this more Fun Run than PB Run - plus perhaps loyalty to BTR who had organised excellent marathons in 2011 & 2012.
Sections of the north Liverpool loop were a real high, with Stanley Park looking great. Otterspool too had no headwind, which is usually a killer.
To encourage elite runners RnR need to make the course faster, eg include more of Liverpool's excellent major tree-lined roads in and out of the city.
More marketing to runners, less reliance on local tabloids, and gotta improve the website...