Run to the Mersey Beat! 18.03.12.
I would definitely agree with the issues with the course length - missed my PB by 26 seconds and can't think of any other possible explanation!
Definitely needs the start sorting into time slots though - hopefully this will be in place next year with the change of starting point (although wasn't that supposed to be this year?). It's a very tight course in parts and the congestion caused by the starting free-for-all never really abated...
Enjoyed the race Alan, I got a new PB smashing last years time by 25 minutes I finished in 2:05:48 very happy and no gale force winds on Otterspool Prom.
I did think some signs with predicted finish times or pace would be a good idea. But no doubt even with that there would still be the problems.
Hopefully with the new start and finish place will ease it.
Just my two-penneth after my first half marathon. I throughly enjoyed the morning, partly because I was faster than I expected, and partly because it was sunny.
A couple of specifics:
- cost: perfectly reasonable
- goody bags: no loss to me - if I get a decent t-shirt, a medal and a banana I'm perfectly happy. I would rather not have a plastic bag full of flyers.
- start: I started further back than I would have liked and finished quicker than I expected, but that's fine. All part of the learning curve. Plus it sounds like next year's move will help.
- Personally I like a scenic route, but I thought that Sunday's race had nothing to apologise for in that respect - I thoroughly enjoyed taking in the views in the parks (particularly the fountains) and along the waterfront (despite the slight headwind). Some major cities - eg Manchester - don't have a half marathon event at all.
Had a great time. Ran it Barefoot and got a lot of support and as usual a lot of ribbing. Being Liverpool the best one liners came from home runners. The best by far was "Ey Laa..that 30 quid entry fee really get's ya dont it?" I came accross two other guys running barefoot so didn't feel to much like a freak.....back next year for sure
I can't understand complaints about the route being uninspiring - what did people expect to see whilst running the Liverpool Half Marathon in Liverpool? the Taj Mahal? (to paraphrase Basil Fawlty). There are certainly more scenic races available but as an urban run in an industrial city (formerly industrial at least!), with at 10 of the 13 miles are running in or around the city's parks and along the waterfront, I don't think the route can be knocked.
for my two penneth - it was fantastic. My Garmin came in a 13.03 mile but I ain't complaining as it lost signal in the underpass - sometimes its over - other times it under. I did read somewhere after googling GPS and it did say they are very rarely 100% acurate all over the time.
As for the race - defo a PB course as I got one - and for not being scenic - nonsense I love it. got a brilliant mix of big city feel - parklands and running on the prom. Defo my favourite 1/2 marathon of the lot and well worth the trek down from Lancaster and getting up at silly O'clock (even last year when it was same time as clocks go forward). Can not wait till next year. Organisation was spot on - plenty of drinks - well marshalled - well organised this year at the end with t-shirts (was congested last year) and the support was fantastic throughout.
Top day out in all, and thought it was a pretty challenging race.
Liked the fact that there were a few minor ups and downs.
However, could hardly move until about 6 miles into the race as the course was very narrow in bits with around 6,600 runners.
The course across parts of the park could only fit 2 people wide on the lane !
Got a pb as well so pretty good day in all.
loved the batman theme tune playing when he came in.
Want to add my thanks to everyone involved in putting on this race. Lovely weather again and I really like the route - the parks and the prom are great for me.
Have read back a bit - tbh people who think they're slow hang back in the line up and people who think they should be at the front put themselves at the front - and predicting your finish time 6 months or 6 seconds before the start doesn't change that - great to see so many pbs whatever.
lovely tee shirt - good colour choice.I love my race shirts and as I was far enough back to see earlier finishers walking down the prom the meet their folks, the sight of their new shirts really spurred me on...sad eh?
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