Run to the Mersey Beat! 18.03.12.
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)
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.
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
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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.
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
Michelle - that's plenty of time for you to clam down and enjoy the day!
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!!!!!!!!
I think there is a more up to date thread for LHM. This one relates to 2012.
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