Liverpool Half Marathon 2012

Run to the Mersey Beat! 18.03.12.

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16/01/2012 at 11:19

Morning Alan,

After reading various reviews on this run I think I'm going to do it.

Although I've noticed most of the hotels are fully booked for Saturday night. It would mean coming across Sunday morning which isn't ideal but I suppose will have to do.

Is there any parking for the likes of myself?

16/01/2012 at 13:26
Parking is right next to the start line. Details in the race pack.
16/01/2012 at 19:10
i'm trying to encourage a couple of friends to enter this Alan ( i'm doing the silverstone half the week before not sure if can do 2 HM in a week, like some of the die hards on here lol )

hopefully they will be joining up soon, how many have joined up so far?

I told them what a great place Liverpool is, still buzzing from when we were up there for the marathon, had a fantastic time
17/01/2012 at 11:08
Chris - I was going to say the hotels are full of Swedes and Norwegians as LFC are at home that weekend but they're not!! Testimony to the pulling power of the Half Marathon.
18/01/2012 at 20:19

Don't forget, it's my Birthday on17th but don't give me my presents until after the race.  I have enough trouble carrying myself around the course.

19/01/2012 at 11:09
alan is there anywhere we can see who has enterd for the lverpool half marathon and when will i get sent my race pack....cheers
19/01/2012 at 12:07
It looks like RunLiverpool will have a stand at the Helsby Half this weekend if anyone wants to say hello and pick up an entry
19/01/2012 at 12:48

I'm off to Helsby on Sunday.  That'll see how the 'training' is going so far       

I'm doing the Mad Dog 10k mid-Feb as well. Hoping that the 'sea breezes' of Southport will prepare me for the home stretch from Otterspool!

19/01/2012 at 14:04
Does any one know any where cheap to stay in liverpool
19/01/2012 at 14:39

Kevin Broome 2......

Depends what you call cheap mate?  I stayed the last 2 years doing this run at the 'Campanile'  1st year was £65 and for the money was.....what you would expect (not a lot).  2nd year they upped the price to £85 and the room was worst than the 1st year and had a stag do staying there, not what i minded but the staff kept coming up to tell them off and even said one more time and i will be asking you to leave.  Any way its close to the start/finish which is ideal and there is a mc donalds across the road for the 'recovery meal'. 

Just put in google hotels near Echo Arena and there is 2 really close to start (camponile being one of them)  the Idris isnt to far away either.

Any way this year im staying in The Crowne Plaza for a fewons 1, its £20 more at £105 and i thought for £20 i get a bit more comfort and class.  2nd reason, the half is on mothers day so the wife and my daughter are coming too which they dont normally so its a treat for the wife too (killing 2 birds in one stone money wise  ) and final reason is.....because Allan 'might' be moving the finsh toi Albert docks which is closer to Crowne Plaza.  Win Win all round for me

19/01/2012 at 17:41
When we came for the Liverpool Marathon we stayed at Travelodge in Wallasey New Brighton, its on The Wirrall but it was easy to get a bus from right outside the travelodge ( they ran every 10mins i think ) which took us into Liverpool They are doing rooms for £55 a night which is quite cheap if you share it

otherwise there is a new travelodge opening not sure when in Liverpool itself Liverpool Central The Strand, £86 a night, it doesnt include breakfast but when we went , i took a toaster and some brown bread and honey and some bananas for our breakfast, and we made our own breakfast in the room

( will be doing that again this sunday as bf running Gloucester marathon )
20/01/2012 at 14:28
just a bit of warning about HM entries, there will be an email prompt about HM, Festival of Running, Tunnel 10K and the Marathon next week. The focus is on HM entries as they will stop on 26th February or before if the 8,000 limit is reached. Going well and on the way to 5,000 at the moment so no immediate panic but I wouldn't leave it too late.

If you have already entered then no need to worry.
20/01/2012 at 20:01
Oh I will be picking up an entry on Sunday! Its either Liverpool, Chester or Loch Ness Marathon for me but as a scouser who lives in Chester, Loch Ness appeals! Come sell the Liverpool one to me people. My friend did it last year and loved it. However is there not quite a few laps around Sefton Park?
21/01/2012 at 13:03

Helen Owens 2..........

As a scouser (im not) living in chester and only a 30min drive away, having not done it before who likes running and your mate did it last year......you shouldnt need talking into doing this race!!

Its a great event, the course is scenic and not to punishing (unless there is a head wind on the last 3 mile).  The number of people entering when i first did it 3 years ago was 5000 approx, last year was 7-8000 i think and this year is the same or more (ask Allan).  The event WILL sell out before race day and people WILL be cross with themselves for not entering sooner as demand is more than they supply!

As for Sefton Park, i think its just the one lap round it, i may be wrong as i just look at the floor the whole way round

21/01/2012 at 16:26

I'll be entering pay day, but I'm hardly running at the moment due to my knee/IT Band. But I'm hopeful to getting a few weeks training in and will happily jog around and enjoy the atmosphere.

Hope the negotiations with the rusty gate are going well Alan.

21/01/2012 at 23:01
Warkie wrote (see)
AlanRothwell wrote (see)
Warkie - good to see your total commitment in advance!! I'm sure you will achieve your target times and I hope your training goes well.

Thanks Alan

Mrs Warkie  wants to get under 4 hours,for the Marathon .... (she is 13 years younger than me)

My son James will be at the festival of running doing the 1 mile childrens fun run (he's 2 now) and Mrs Warkie will be doing the womens 10k P.B 55 minute

Went for a run yesterday 3 miles 23 minutes so getting there,booked to see a physio,i intend to stay on top of it this year...

Whers's Liverbird ???


Barney Wales wrote (see)

Helen Owens 2..........

As a scouser (im not) living in chester and only a 30min drive away, having not done it before who likes running and your mate did it last year......you shouldnt need talking into doing this race!!

Its a great event, the course is scenic and not to punishing (unless there is a head wind on the last 3 mile).  The number of people entering when i first did it 3 years ago was 5000 approx, last year was 7-8000 i think and this year is the same or more (ask Allan).  The event WILL sell out before race day and people WILL be cross with themselves for not entering sooner as demand is more than they supply!

As for Sefton Park, i think its just the one lap round it, i may be wrong as i just look at the floor the whole way round

Barney.....I think Helen was talking about Marathon plans...not half's.  The Liverpool Marathon did spend quite a bit of time in Sefton Park.....but in hindsight, those miles are going to be tough in any marathon....and there's worse places to run them than Sefton Park.  The rest of the course has some stunning features...Birkenhead Park was a suprise for me, the Liverpool Waterfront as we ran the Wirral riverside...Hamilton Square...the Tunnel, and the Tunnel Exit through to the Town Hall and James Street.  Upper Parliament Street was a pain in (more than) the arse...but the feeling at the top by the Cathedral was worth it...then into those hard 'park miles' but you get to run up to the Cathedral again and look down UPS as you realise the end is close...and as you draw in toward the Albert Dock the crowds will almost carry you towards that 26th mile marker and round the corner to see the finish line at that fabulous Waterfront.

Thats my sales pitch Helen....and I have nothing to do with RunLiverpool......I'm just someone who has decided to give it a go again in 2012!!!

22/01/2012 at 13:39
Only 8 weeks to go just hope to stay injury free ,
Alan will there be any bands playing round the course like in the full marathon ?
23/01/2012 at 11:12
Xabidood........Sorry, i just thought with her wanting to be 'talked' into doing the event, i thought she meant this one with it being L-HALF-M thread?  Any way, no harm done
24/01/2012 at 08:10
Blue Steve - can't confirm bands at this time but will see what can be done.

Quick update on the start / finish - it will be as last year as I can't get an assurance that the rusty gates by the bridge will be removed in time and refurbishment work completed. That said I have had a very positive discussion about next year when we should be able to start and finish at the Pier Head when the building work around the Museum (and more importantly the approach road, bridge and access point) will be complete.
24/01/2012 at 16:15
T shirts (technical fabric!!) have now been ordered so the race limit is now set at 8,000. Can't take any more over and above that so if you haven't entered I suggest you get a move on. Just on 5,000 entries now so they are going well.

Now, if only I can work out a system for the safe distribution of T shirts...
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