In short: Great race In full: I know this race got a lot of stick for the organisation, but I really enjoyed it. It was my first half marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed the race, the scenery and everything about it.
I didnt get any water at the final station and the lack of a T-shirt was heartbreaking, but we made do and I would run it next year.
In short: No big problems with the organisation for me - I'm sure event organisers live and learn like the rest of us... In full: As I had become over-anxious about having no race-pack, I had a chat with Alan Rothwell on the phone a couple of weeks before the race. He told me that there would be no t-shirts as it would be a choice between providing t-shirts (which would have gone to the back of my drawer) or a free shuttle bus service. I know which I wanted, and got.
After studying the pre-race info, and reading concerns on the various threads about the lack of water stations, I decided to use my Camelbak in the race rather than depend on the water stations (sipping little and often seems to suit me anyway). Beacuse of this, the issue regarding the lack of water didn't affect me personally.
I really enjoyed the race itself, and the variation in the course between this year and last meant that we ran past the halls of residence that I lived in during my first year at the University of Liverpool, which was nice. The only downside was the fact that this meant an extra hill on the otherwise mostly flat course!
All in all, I was very happy with the race, although having a dose of the flu and a few colds during training meant that I couldn't meet my own expectations. Another enjoyable visit to Liverpool, and I'll look forward to my next visit. Date of review: April 9, 2007
In short: Will do again enjoyable In full: Transport problems so race had delayed start. Water stations could have been better stocked. Mile markers not obvious. But beautiful running weather and friendly race. Date of review: April 8, 2007
In short: Ill do it again next year! In full: everything on the day was really well done...just lack off water but I carried my own but felt sorry for those at the back with out none.... Date of review: April 6, 2007
In short: badly organised the race was delayed but the official parking was a disaster and ruined the day In full: i have done this race 4 times over various routes and this has convinced me not to do the race again , it was pricey and reall Date of review: April 3, 2007
In short: Too many hills and no water In full: Much harder route this year which I think should have been highlighted as there are always a lot of beginners. Think the new route (loads of hills) and lack of water at 9 miles added at least 10 minutes to my time as was on for a two hour target in training. Saw a lot more people walking this year than in previous years which am guessing was due to being thirsty and the killer hills. Locals were great offering water from their houses and playing music but this should have all been covered by the organisers. Goody bag was poor and toilets the worst I have ever experienced. Will do it again but hopefully will have the FLM backing next year so we can enjoy the race again. Date of review: April 3, 2007
In short: Didn't think there was going to be much chance of a PB but as i crossed the line at 1 hr 46 min 01 sec betting my previous PB of 1 hr 47 min 11 sec in Blackpool in the GREAT NORTH WEST HALF . Date of review: April 2, 2007
In short: A missed opportunity for Liverpool In full: I agree with most of the other reports here regarding the very poor organisation; delayed start, lack of toilets, invisible mile markers, chaos at the car park etc. But I'm reluctant to put all the blame on the race organiser, as there was a distinct lack of support from Liverpool/Sefton Council for this event. 4,000 hungry, thirsty runners wandering around the park after the race could find just two mobile food stalls. One of them was closed. The other, staffed by a semi-comatose pair of irritants, was serving the worst tea I've ever tasted. Date of review: March 31, 2007