Liverpool Half Marathon 2012

Run to the Mersey Beat! 18.03.12.

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20/03/2012 at 17:47

My second Liverpool Half in two years and I expect I'll be back next year - another great Run Liverpool event IMHO.  I ran it with a couple of friends who haven't experienced Run Liverpool events before and they said they would both be back as well.  I very much like the course with the mix of the city, parks and river, plus I've set PBs both times which makes the course very enjoyable.

Zero complaints from me about the "lack" of a goody bag.  In fact, I think we are still trying to use up all the Cranberry Sauce we got after the Santa Dash in 2009!  I, like others posting above, would rather than get a technical T and fab medal like we did on Sunday.

I look forward to starting from the Pier Head next year.  Congratulations to the all the Run Liverpool team (especially all the volunteers)

20/03/2012 at 18:03
Here, here and the photos are up!!
21/03/2012 at 08:14
I'm pleased the Goody Bags weren't missed. They are more trouble than they are worth!
21/03/2012 at 10:03

I'd like to say thanks to Alan and his team. This was my third time running this.

Price: There is nothing wrong with the price. Chip timing, medal, tech t-shirt, water, closed roads. I also run other half marathons for less but without chip timing, closed roads, tech tshirt so there is choice out there and like to run a mix of these.

Course: I have run flatter but it is definatley a PB course and a great route, parks, waterfront etc.

Start and Finish. I turned up with around 5-10 minutes before start (i know this is my own fault) so had to get in around 3/4 of the way back. I know people dont always pay attention to time indicated start positions but it can only help. It took my around 5 mins to cross the start line so had a good couple of miles of crowd weaving. I finished in a time of 1:33:39 with my PB being 1:30:04. If i'm 100% honest i probably wouldn't have beat my PB on this occasion but who knows if i hadnt lost time at start i may have been able to push it very close. As Alan has already commented on this will change next year when it moves to Pier head.

 I will be back next year. Well probably be back for the marathon again in October first.

21/03/2012 at 19:49

Well done to Alan and the team on the day. Great day out and well worth getting up at 5am to travel down from Carlisle.

I've done loads of races all over the place and this was a very good event. It was my first Run Liverpool half and I will be back next year.

Money; about right. T-shirt; superb. Scenery; city, parks and the mersey, what more do you want !?

The start move for next year will help the congestion issue. Alan can I make a mall suggestion you might want to consider. I did the Edinburgh marathon last year and in the application form you had to indicate a realistic finishing time and when your number came through it was colour coded. Yes I know people will lie about times but if the majority are truthfull being in colour coded start sections really helps. It certainly did at Edinburgh.

Can't wait for next year...................congtrats to all who ran, cheered, helped, handed out sweets

21/03/2012 at 22:48
One20Four wrote (see)
I did the Edinburgh marathon last year and in the application form you had to indicate a realistic finishing time and when your number came through it was colour coded. Yes I know people will lie about times but if the majority are truthfull being in colour coded start sections really helps.

I'm glad you had a great time on Sunday One20Four, I really enjoyed it for my second time running it.  I knew from last year that there would be some weaving involved in the first few miles, but at my pace (1:54:47 on Sunday) I started at the back and managed to find gaps easily enough to run steadily enough.  I know Alan has experience of the system you mentioned as the RunLiverpool Marathon used the same thing......the biggest problem (from my point of view) is not quite dishonesty, but much more an unrealistic expectation of how hard it is to run something like this.  I know in the build-up to last years marathon lots of people on the forum got panicky about the colour of their number....either because they had better expectations and hadn't trained well enough (easily solved....you can move back a colour) or they had trained well and their expectations had improved (not easily solved).....throw in a number of people who put down a number and turned up at the start line without even thinking what signicance it has and the flaws in the system start to become apparent.  From an organisers point of view, I would guess that it might be easier to allow a general start, rather than needing extra marshalls to 'police' start pens.....especially if the entrants won't be honest enough to police themselves.

22/03/2012 at 00:48
Have to disagree Xabi.

The start did cause me problems, lots of people to get around literally till Otterspool. Ended up speeding up & slowing down and maybe cost me 1-2 mins time wise. Have gone much faster in training.

A staggered start based on expected finish time might be good, waves or whatever. Manchester does it for the 10k . If you don't give a time you're in the 2:30 block perhaps, doesn't have to be timed pens. Marathon I had no problems with this.
Pier head sounds good but won't fix this.

So for me, start & general congestion not good, I know a few have chosen wilmslow next Sunday because of this.

Other thing was the sheer number of headphone/ iPod wearers.
Beyond a joke, especially when people blocked you off so couldn't pass or then had accelerate around them. Every mile I did was 7- min something but every mile had a section at 6-min something working around these

Make a stand about this or get them to run in a special banding section (for deaf people! )

Car parking was excellent as others said. £5 let you run, get food, see city.
Edited: 22/03/2012 at 00:49
22/03/2012 at 08:09
There will be time indicators next year. The problem with the current location (despite it being too small) is we have to work off the narrowest point of the road because of the traffic calming measures. If we did that we would one remarkably long funnel stretching back to the Marina.

As I have mentioned previously we will relocate to the Pier Head which manages the Santa Dash quite comfortably - and that has a bigger turnout than the Half Marathon.

ipods are a pain and people don't appreciate this. I helped out at the Blackpool Marathon a week or two back and managed the split where half marathon runners went one way and marathon runners went back out on to the road.

Too many people simply could hear my instruction and wondered why they were going the wrong way and were getting perplexed and looking at me as if it was my fault they could couldn't hear instruction.

Eye of The Tiger... my arse! I've been running for more than 35 years and never needed audio motivation. Motivation comes from within!
22/03/2012 at 09:08
Thats funny. Wonder how many did a full marathon instead of a half by mistake Idiots.

I did pass 2 runners, not necessarily together, but maybe had teamed up. Both with headphones on, but still talking to each other? Weird. really. Like a comedy sketch.

Conversation went something like this
"WE HAVE JUST GONE PAST 4 MILES!!!!"
"SORRY. MILES? THERE ARE 9 TO GO?... Oh FOUR. THIS IS TOUGH !!"
"YES FOUR GONE. SORRY? "
All whilst not running in a straight line.

I did get shouted at by one woman with iPhone & headphones on, brushed past as she slightly changed direction and said "mind me!"? Well I would but you couldn't hear me and running oblivious to others.

I also saw someone, phone against ear, talking to someone about the next days business.6-7 miles gone in SP, and still running 8ish min miles as I passed them. Insurance?

Alan, Changes sound good for next year anyway.
22/03/2012 at 12:39
Your run sounds exactly like mine FTC.
22/03/2012 at 20:00

Yep.........that's the other thing................i-pods.........................I agree with Alan. Who needs them ! ?.........they should be barred in races.

 I agree with fit running cat. i averaged 7.40's but sometimes ran a lot faster than that according to my garmin..................this was only to get past people and dodge the i-pod wearers. I do think the colour coded start would help.

It was still a great day though

22/03/2012 at 22:29
wow what a day sunday was love the tec tee and medal great weather loads of support pity i had a shocker of a run.by the half way mark at 54 mins got cramp at 7 miles ended up with a time of over 2h 25 mins gutted but can laugh at myself now.
19/02/2013 at 15:30
My first Liverpool half is less than four weeks away and Im bricking it!
19/02/2013 at 15:58

Michelle - that's plenty of time for you to clam down and enjoy the day!

20/02/2013 at 09:32

Doing my first half marathon here as well.  Ran home from work last night to try out the Upper Parly Mountain and it was okay and in fact made everywhere else feel downhill.

Looking forward to it now. Having read the above comments and with my target just being to enjoy it/finish it I will be starting at the back and I will not be wearing any music device!!

Bring it on!!!!!!!!

20/02/2013 at 09:34

I think there is a more up to date thread for LHM. This one relates to 2012.


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