In short: Much more scenic than I expected! In full: You're not very likely to get a PB on this route as there are some hills, but it's a hugely enjoyable tour of the city. You go past some of the city's most famous sights and through some beautiful parks. It was a lot more scenic than I expected, with great views over Liverpool from Stanley Park. Areas like Goodison aren't pretty, but I found them fascinating architecturally - seeing grand, opulent houses just a stone's throw from workers' terraced houses and the industrial history of Liverpool evident at every turn.
The bands were great fun and helped motivate the runners. Of course the bands are only every mile or two, so don't expect it to be non-stop musical entertainment, but they'll give you a boost at regular intervals. There were quite a lot of runners in fancy dress too, which added to the fun.
The Mersey can be a bit of a wind tunnel which made the last few miles hard work - again damaging your chances of a PB. But it was another nice feature on the landscape. Definitely an interesting route.
Well organised at the start and finish and with plenty of water and isotonic stations.
My main grumble is that Rock n Roll franchise feels very commercial. There were loads of promotional emails for other RnR runs and promoting products. I've done other marathons where the emphasis pre-race has been about charity work or community or doing your best. This race felt like it was 10% about the music, 20% about the city, and 70% about the profit. Still, it was a hugely enjoyable day. If you like running marathons for the fun of the occasion - the route, the atmosphere, the challenge - then this one is for you. If it's a PB you're after probably give it a miss. Date of review: October 16, 2015
In short: Great race in a great city. In full: Quite a few of us Cornish runners made the long trip up and it was well worth it. The organisation was spot on, from the marshal's in the Echo arena to the marshal's out on the course. The run up and down Penny Lane was a nice surprise and certainly helped me. Wasn't as flat as i expected but us Cornish runners are used to hills. Last 4 miles along the Mersey dragged a little but overall Liverpool was great and hopefully we'll all be back next year. Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: my first marathon, glad it was this one !! In full: my first ever 26.2 and im glad i came back to my home town to do it. fairly hilly but once you see the mersey you know you are one your way home. been left with a proud high all week. well done liverpool. Date of review: June 19, 2015
In short: Glorious Goodison Park In full: A wonderful day...tough going personally found 13 - 16miles hardest. Great organisation at start and finish,toilets, baggage,photos goody bag and medals all worked like clockwork. saw lots of bands and djs and enjoyed them, Not all marshalls appeared happy. I enjoyed the quiet parts before the crowded centre areas.A winding course with lots to see and other runners always willing to chat. Support in the parks was good Date of review: June 18, 2015
In short: Nice course, great entertainment, could be bigger with more spectators In full: I enjoyed this Marathon. It was my 3rd and I got 14 minute PB. The on course music was great as was running past the Cavern Club and up Penny Lane etc. Lots to see on the course. The organisation was good. The crowd was sparce at times and the Marshalls look as though they were paid because at least half of them showed no interest in the race whatsoever, giving no encouragement etc like running volunteers would. The organisation, finish and medal, T-shirt , and pick up were excellent. This event was very good, it could only be improved by more runners, more spectators and happier marshals. Date of review: June 17, 2015
In short: Rock and Roll In full: Second running of the event and my second time too. Use of the Echo Arena at the start is useful. Sufficient toilets and easy to hand the baggage in. I'm sure the wave start helps prevent over crowding at the start. The route itself has a few hills in it towards the football grounds and Stanley Park. After that there is a generous downhill section back to the city centre. The direction problem from last year was fixed, so that was very pleasing. Even though I know the local area well it can be sometimes confusing. Crowds were good in places and the bands from what I briefly heard were good. The city centre had plenty of entertainment. Exiting the city via the tough "Upper Parli" and then on to Princess and Sefton Park. Good music and plenty of people enjoying the event. Slight trip up Penny Lane with the sudden U-Turn, playing the Beatles "Penny Lane" on auto-loop. Eventually it reaches the last 4 plus miles on the flat Prom. Last year the wind was behind, but this year it was in front. Not as strong as it has been, but when your tired it doesn't help. Nice finish area and medal. The area in the Arena is nice and cool, plus goodies. No issues collecting the bag. Just over 5 mins slower (ran a marathon 8 weeks ago), so a free pint at the end was well worth it. My GPS came in at 26.06m. Looking at the map data it lost the plot around Mathew Street and cut a few corners. The GPS is only a guide and the limitations are well known. No concern here.
Not the fastest course, but plenty of variety and challenge. Only the second year, but better than the first. Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: Rock´N`Roll - Nothing more to say In full: Great race, but sleepy Liverpudlians. Hey, there was a big concert in your town and you missed it and we rocked your streets. Tough profile from the start and bad wind at the end, but it didn´t come unexpected Date of review: June 16, 2015