Run to the Mersey Beat! 18.03.12.
Barrie, My Garmin measured 13.16mile instead of 13.11. When I did Helsby in Jan it measured 13.08. I think a lot depends on whether you take the inside lane around corners, etc... Certainly if it was longer than 13.11mile, it was only marginally so.
Forget to say earlier, but amazing t-shirt. So much better than the cotton one we got when running the marathon in October. I thought, given the quality of t-shirt, I think it was good value for money!
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.
Barrie Cass 2 wrote (see)
The start of this years Liverpool Half Marathon was very congested to say the least. Is there any truth that the course was too long??? a friends Garmin measured 21.49 KM....the course should be 21.1 KM. It was also a different course than was advertised. I would also hope that the price of entry doesn't escalate as it has done every year to something very pricey.
cougie wrote (see)
Inflation ? Everythings gone up hasn't it ? And peoples expectations too ? In the olden days you'd not have chip timing ?
Can I start humming olde to the new world? It’s not like when we where lads anymore is it.
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