Liverpool Marathon 2013

EVENT CANCELLED

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08/02/2013 at 20:33
I can't stand all this Nimby bashing
08/02/2013 at 20:39

What a shame, totally rubbish decision.  Me and my boyfriend travelled down from Glasgow last year to run the marathon (which was absolutely amazing, as were the people of Liverpool who came out to support us).   We stayed for three nights in a ciy hotel, ate all our meals in city restaurants, and had the obligatory shopping spree as well.  Yet the marathon doesnt benefit the city of Liverpool apparently?  What guff!!!

cougie    pirate
08/02/2013 at 20:46
Nick if city marathons are such a gold mine - why aren't you running one ?
Piece of piss and you make loads. Easy isn't it ?
08/02/2013 at 22:10

Id just like to say ONE BIG THANKYOU to Alan.

08/02/2013 at 22:13

As only half the Liverpool Marathon is in Liverpool, why is it possible to stage the half marathon in March, but not half of the full marathon in October? Is it just because the road closures don't last as long? Hope the problem is sorted out for 2014, I did the 2012 Liverpool marathon and was planning to do it again this year.

08/02/2013 at 22:20

Nick goldmine? Really dont believe it is. road closure where I live is £800 per road per day . St.John/ first aid cover for events of the size 10s of thousands, traffic management for evet of this size is approx £30k tshirt provision £15k and so on

I have dont the maths its frightening

LIVERBIRD    pirate
08/02/2013 at 22:48
If it made such great money for so little work, I'd be staging one.
08/02/2013 at 23:28

Nick: If it was such easy cash why don't you get your grammar sorted, send out the leaflets and get a race organised ? Must be easy I guess.......I can't wait.

09/02/2013 at 00:24
When I'm not on my phone I'll post a more detailed response, but when we came in 2011 the waterfront was heaving and we struggled to get food, how can they say they're not going to benefit

Alan thank u for all ur hard work we did first year and I did the fab four run, I have made friends thru ur marathon that 2 years on I'm still friends with and for that I thank u, xxx
09/02/2013 at 07:38

Like to add my bit as I ran the 2011 Marathon,which was a well organised event,fantastic support from the people of the City and fellow runners

I am gutted as I was looking at entering again,the reception we had coming out of the Tunnel would be worth the entry fee alone ..

Thanks for the memories Alan,will see you at the Liverpool Half in March

09/02/2013 at 07:38
http://www.clickliverpool.com/sport/other-sport/128956-council-bid-to-resurrect-liverpool-marathon-for-2011.html

They were all for it previously?
09/02/2013 at 08:30

Are you talking about the Sonae plant?  It never re-opened properly after the last of several fires and safety scares, and was closed by its owners.  It wasn't closed by 10,000 complaints as you suggest.

 

09/02/2013 at 09:02

So, never mind the side issues what about the real important stuff. What alternative Marathons are there for that weekend.

09/02/2013 at 10:33

It does appear Nick is a huge fan of Liverpool, a race organising expert as well as being a local industry guru. Sort out the literacy and you'd be dangerous......

09/02/2013 at 10:38
What's with the swiping at people's literacy? I though this was an internet forum, not an GCSE English class. Grow up for heavens sake Cidermonkey(apparently names have capital letters)
09/02/2013 at 10:55

and this from the council's own website (Dalestreetnews) about the 2012 marathon

'

The second RunLiverpool Marathon is proving a big hit with runners from as far afield as Australia and Brazil! Interest in the event from beyond Merseyside has been increasing over the last six months with many countries and continents being represented.

Scandinavia is the most popular region outside the U.K. and closer to home the race is popular with runners from the North Midlands and East Yorkshire. 73% of entrants are from outside the Merseyside area proving once again the popularity of Liverpool and the city region as a tourist destination.'

I suppose this years could be ' Great opportunity to visit Liverpool. There is nothing going on and the roads will be empty'

09/02/2013 at 11:19

Nick Brown - I take exception to your simple approach to maths and would advise the event isn't a goldmine. As you have no idea as the ACTUAL costs then I can't see how you can make such a casual comment. This isn't about money generated by the event.

The event was estimated to have generated a £1.4 million economic benefit to the city in 2011 but seemingly it wasn't spent in the right areas.

The impact of extended road closures on the Liverpool waterfront and the perceived negative commercial effect on waterfront businesses is why it has been cancelled. I was asked to consider a reversal of the course (finishing on the Wirral side) and I don't consider that to be in the best interests of the event in the long term. It merely moves the problem of inconvenience for Liverpool roads users and their access to waterfront businesses.

I believe the course in it's current form to be the best for RUNNER'S and I'm convinced that finishing on the Wirral side is neither practical nor acceptable to the local residents of Wirral or Wirral Borough Council.

09/02/2013 at 11:20
If you all have some time to spare go onto run britain and download the race organisers pack and just look at the hoops myself and Alan have to jump through to put events on for runners. And for evey hoop there is a cost and with health and safety today the cost is greater. I dont know Alan on a personnel level but if he is like me he will have bought enough medals ect to cover 3500 people just incase they all show up. I was part of the preston guild team and just for traffic management cost just over 10.000 and road closures cost a fortune so yes if you put events on open roads you can make money but on closed roads not so unless you get the masses turn out. I will put money on it that next year the liverpool marathon will be called The Great Liverpool Marathon under the great run banner. Foster will have seen that it attracted 3500 runners and with the great run data base he cant loose just look at the manchester 10k.
09/02/2013 at 11:31

This was my first marathon last year and I have no idea of the costs involved but didn't have any issue with the entry fee before the race and even less so after (if that makes sense).

The race was impeccably organised from start to finish and the quality of the medal and tee shirt more than merited the effort I had made to earn them!

Add to this the buzz I got hearing the Batala drums coming through the ground as I approached the exit of the Queensway Tunnel or looking up and seeing the Liverbirds to bring me home through the last mile (and I'm not even a scouser) and l I'd struggle to think of £50 that has bought me better value or greater satisfaction.

As for the locals, they're support and encouragement wassimply phenomonal. From the scouse twang cheering my name all the way round, to the guy who was blasting out a certain Spencer Davies Group track from his living room window on the approach to Sefton Park. 

Then to round things off there were the three young lads who upon spotting the medal around my neck as I hobbled to the car park, stopped to shake my hand and congratulate me.

Again I have no idea of the  factors that may (or may not) come into play when a council makes a decision like this but it strikes me that they have allowed to slip through their fingers a fantastic event that had the potential to become one of the great marathons in Europe and perhaps more significantly a fantastic advertsment for their City and the people who live there.

Alan, Thank you for your hard work and commitment, I hope in time you are able to re-discover your mojo and turn your talents to putting on another large scale marathon.

Run Liverpool Marathon - Run it, Lived it, Loved it!

http://s3.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/715579/gallery/527682_10151480495557977_1082727009_n.jpg?width=350

 

 

 

Edited: 09/02/2013 at 11:33
09/02/2013 at 11:39
Thats what is coming the great run team will have looked at this since day one.They dont care about character just how much they can make out of runners and yes they do have a gold mine not like alan who has to hope for numbers until the day just to cover the running costs and ballance the books trust me been there good luck alan in the future and just let me know if people would be up for a three day festival of running in the Northwest.
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