Liverpool Marathon 2013

EVENT CANCELLED

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08/02/2013 at 15:25

Absolutley gutted ....... I ran the race for the last two years as my first marathons and loved every moment of it. I just wish cities would think about more than just shopping and keeping the retailers happy! If you want a marathon in your city then of course its going to be an inconvenience to some people but it enriches the city because it shows it off to the rest of the country!

Thank you Alan and team for bringing the marathon to Liverpool its been great.

Now ...... which councellor should i send my complaints to?

 

08/02/2013 at 15:29

I could imagine some of the shops thinking customers stay away with the roads being closed.  On the other hand, I wonder how much business is generated in the shops / cafes / restaurants / hotels (etc) from runners and supporters on Marathon weekend?  We were in Sefton Park last year for the race and the cafes were doing great business.

cougie    pirate
08/02/2013 at 15:33
I never drive into town anyway - trains are much easier and cheaper.

The only time I'm in Liverpool on a Sundays are thanks to running the Liverpool Half or Marathons ! Shopping after a marathon isn't that much fun. Who knew ?
08/02/2013 at 16:01

Compaint to the Mayor submitted.

Complaint to the Council submitted.

I shan't hold my breath for a reply!

LIVERBIRD    pirate
08/02/2013 at 16:21
I've only popped on because I know Alan will read this. I don't post in RW anymore.
*waves to Cougie* I agree with every word you said.
Liverpool couldn't BE a great city. It IS a great city. And it's people are some of the friendliest, kindest, most welcoming, down to earth human beings ever to walk the earth. It just has a REALLY shit council who say one thing and do another. Who claim to promote health and wellbeing and then make it as difficult as possible to actually STAGE anything in it. The triathlon went last week. And now this.
Unless of course it's a giant little girl or a bloody great big spider. Then that's fine.
I'm so sorry Alan. I really am. I haven't calmed down yet. Can you tell?
08/02/2013 at 16:35

Alan, I assume the people who you are dealing with aren't runners, had there been someone in your corner who was a passionate runner, it might have ended differently and I would be contacting The Echo if I were you.  This isn't a fair decision when a popular, much needed local marathon, gets shelved after 2 years.  Other Cities cope. 

Edited: 08/02/2013 at 16:36
LIVERBIRD    pirate
08/02/2013 at 16:43
The Echo are in the pocket of the council, no?
They were far more interested in publishing complaints from a tiny minority of people who thought it against their human rights to not be able to drive past the Albert dock for one day a year than celebrate a triumph of running in the city.
08/02/2013 at 16:44
Agree with LiverBird. It is really unfair that people think of Liverpudlians as idle, work-shy, untrustworthy layabouts who will steal anything that isn't nailed down. It that kind of commonly held belief by the majority of people who have have ever met a scouser that brings down the reputation of this once great city.
08/02/2013 at 16:46

Oh ok, don't contact them then.  Just a thought.  

08/02/2013 at 16:53

Thank you all for the comments. as ever, there is an element of truth in all of them. Fact is it is just to difficult to get lengthy road closure along the Strand. The economic benefit of the marathon isn't going to the right places I'm afraid and the major businesses along the waterfront have have complained about loss of trade.

Clearly regular shoppers are more important every day (especially Sunday shoppers) and they take priority over a major event such as ours - only LCC don't see it as a major event and don't belive it will achieve anything beyond what it is now.

An interesting viewpoint that I don't neccessarily agree with. 

08/02/2013 at 17:32
Its a shame Alan but dont you think the the olimpic legacy was a load of crap once its gone no one in councils wants to do anything sporty because there is no funding for them.
08/02/2013 at 17:32
AlanRothwell wrote (see)

Thank you all for the comments. as ever, there is an element of truth in all of them. Fact is it is just to difficult to get lengthy road closure along the Strand. The economic benefit of the marathon isn't going to the right places I'm afraid and the major businesses along the waterfront have have complained about loss of trade.

Clearly regular shoppers are more important every day (especially Sunday shoppers) and they take priority over a major event such as ours - only LCC don't see it as a major event and don't belive it will achieve anything beyond what it is now.

An interesting viewpoint that I don't neccessarily agree with. 

Lack of vision maybe? I don't think Brendan Foster would have thought that the GNR would be this big now 30 years ago. I don't know Alan but I do know he has pushed and pushed for many years to put on and establish some great events against a lot of adversity. Fair play to the fella but unfortunately it can't happen without the right people on side.

 

Edited: 08/02/2013 at 17:33
cougie    pirate
08/02/2013 at 17:33
Two laps of the wirral side then ?
08/02/2013 at 18:06

Just as sanity appeared to have reared it's ugly head the council step in and show what a short sighted gang of half witted numpties they truly are.....The Strand is heaving every Sunday in October as we all know, so who on earth would want thousands of potential customers cluttering up the pavements and staying in the hotels getting the bedrooms all untidy ? Way to go LCC......Yet another own goal.

08/02/2013 at 18:16
They are very much like that here on a council estate with a bad reputation too. Anything goes wrong blame the council. Bloody councils eh? Who the bloody hell put you in power?
08/02/2013 at 18:44
Think Alan needs to pass a few brown envelopes round like foster has in the past and he might get it back on.
08/02/2013 at 19:33

What jolly banter....Scouse bashing is however detracting from the real reason for this thread - moaning about the demise of our marathon and Liverpool City Council bashing. 

08/02/2013 at 19:37
People voted the council in. Liverpool people I believe. The council are the people. Scouse bashing/council bashing? what's the difference?
08/02/2013 at 19:43

Alan, thanks for two wonderful marathons.  9/10/11 is probably my favourite race to date.  I wasn't going to do it this year as I'm struggling to find time for marathon training, but am intending to do the Wirral half, and was looking forward to cheering on marathon runners after I'd finished.  It's a tremendous event and I hope it can return.  If not, I'd echo the suggestion of a Wirral marathon in future years.

Nick, I'm guessing you have very little knowledge of the finances involved.  I look forward to you exploiting your own "gold mine" and putting on a similar quality big city event at a lower price.

08/02/2013 at 20:06

I don't like the people-bashing - this is the council and I imagine a lot of them are not locals.  I don't know why it's always deemed acceptable to have a go at people from Liverpool - a legacy from the anti-Irish sentiment of a few decades ago perhaps? 

However, you get Nimbys everywhere and maybe the council has just had too many complaints about closed roads?  I think it's pathetic - it's only for a few hours, once a year, but it happened with my local half as well and they had to reroute it away from a housing estate because of nimby locals.  And even on the approved course some old chap decided he absolutely had to drive his car onto it and got in the way when I was running it in 2011!

So shopping is more important.  Doesn't the event bring in loads of business for shops, hotels, cafes etc?  I find it very difficult to believe that there is no economic benefit.

Edited: 08/02/2013 at 20:08
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