Email issued to major of Liverpool commenting on my dissapointment. Surely they must see the benefit of the 1000's of additional visitors over 1 weekend?
Probably not, but it will be interesting if I get a response!
I did it last year. Thoroughly enjoyed the day. My guess is it had nothing to do with money but more the fact that the city shops and businesses have had a complaint about the road closures on some of the main arterial roads into the city taking up a full day.
No excuse in my mind there are plenty more ways of getting into the city without driving all the way.
Sorry to hear it Alan
That's a shame, sorry about that Alan.
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?
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.
In protest I hope Liverpool FC have a rubbish year and a rubbish manager ......... oh look my wishes are already being answered.
Compaint to the Mayor submitted.
Complaint to the Council submitted.
I shan't hold my breath for a reply!
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.
Oh ok, don't contact them then. Just a thought.
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.
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