Liverpool Marathon 2013


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12/02/2013 at 12:22

Dave - appearances can be deceiving. Someone came into our office yesterday and suggested that the lunatics have taken over the asylum... it would be interesting to find out precisely who makes these decisions (and why).

It always seems to be someone else, never anyone we speak to.

12/02/2013 at 12:31
Well someone voted them in !
cougie    pirate
12/02/2013 at 12:35
Dave - you should be on 'Have I got News for You' - every time someone makes a joke about the government - you can do your line !
12/02/2013 at 12:38
Yeah, that could be fun Don't think you can blame this on Cameron tho
cougie    pirate
12/02/2013 at 12:42
That's true.

Can we blame Clegg then ?
12/02/2013 at 12:44
Why not Clegg gets blamed for everything else
12/02/2013 at 15:35
Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)
Well someone voted them in !

31% of the electorate apparently. 27 of the 30 seats went to Labour, hardly surprising in Liverpool. A 'no can do ', anti-business, anti-enterprise attitude I'm afraid. A great pity as with its history and sites of interest Liverpool could become one of the iconic marathons of the world.

12/02/2013 at 15:39

Alan at what stage do you say "ok thats enough" it would appear you are able to comprimise but the council are not???

12/02/2013 at 15:58

No idea. The ball is in the court of LCC. I've submitted a workable solution to the problem we have been left with and await any kind of response. Nothing yet despite the spin suggestions on Friday in the media that LCC would like to find a solution.

Doesn't seem to be any kind of urgency I'm afraid. Perhaps that's the game plan?

12/02/2013 at 16:43

Looks like Joe Andersons 2 guys ( under a couple of different names ) are on the echo site defending the position and it does not look likely that it will change. If Joe Anderson himself wanted it to happen it would happen but without his direct intervention it is becoming to look like an unlikely I think. He did mention something about supporting grass root running in the article. I dont know what if anything that means but may be a different approach.

13/02/2013 at 23:52

Alan, following this thread with a bit of interest but too far away from Liverpool to know what's going on.  Have LCC come up with alternative routes so that the race can finish somewhere in town (Strand always struck me as as good a place as any to finish) or do they want to re-route it to Sefton Park or elsewhere?

I'd love to say that I can't fathom the response of LCC but a lifetime's experience of that shower (regardless of which political party is in the Town Hall) tends to demonstrate that they can grasp a defeat from the jaws of victory regularly.

14/02/2013 at 08:24

Almost a week later and no response from anyone from LCC about anything, this despite me submitting a Plan B last Sunday identifying how the Strand can be used without 'inconveniencing' access to the Liverpool ONE car park.

Does suggest how little they want want this event. No attempt to reslove the 'problems' regarding the use of the Strand although I hav done it for them.

14/02/2013 at 08:53

Alan, Did they ever go into specifics about exactly who was supposed to be so put out in the first place by the event ? To a mere human the idea of providing a crowd of thousands with money to spend on a Sunday would be thought of as quite good. Those travelling a distance will use hotels and restaurants the night before......Even on the day the spectators will eat, drink and park cars etc etc. You tell me how busy Merseyrail is on a normal Sunday morning compared to marathon day....It seems LCC want everyone to turn up, leave the money then p*** off to the Wirral early enough so nobody this side is inconvenienced. Grumble grumble but still hopeful

14/02/2013 at 09:54

Cidermonkey - a perfectly logical and correct observation... and no! No explanation as to WHY the waterfront roads could not be closed for the required marathon duration was given.

Neither was there any contact or dialogue about this road use 'issue' over the three month period between the 2012 event and the LCC imposition of e revers route decision last Wednesday. We have not been consulted at any time. 

14/02/2013 at 10:23

I for one don't want to finish on the Wirral (nothing personal to the leisure peninsular) Still plenty of time for them to see sense, but the worry is that if it drags out people will drift elsewhere.


14/02/2013 at 11:32

Just a throway thought. If the city want the route reversed then it would still  use the roads but clear them earlier. What if the course was starting from Birkenhead as is but after Sefton park in Liverpool, it were to go into town along the water front as the half marathon does finishing at say Kings Dock with a tweak or 2 thus opening the city cenre roads earlier ?

14/02/2013 at 11:41

Nice one ! Must have the tunnel exit plus drums.....Seems this is almost universally thought to be the DB's. I don't have a huge preference for a finish on the Strand, and Kings Dock would be a compromise worth having. The water front from the prom is still a big draw, and the finish would be running towards the Liver Building, Finishing within sight I think would tick the grandstand finish seekers....What you have to remember though in there's a bloke who sells ice cream by the end of Jericho Lane and the council might object.....

14/02/2013 at 11:53

DH4 - all of this has been considered over the last two years. Keep in mind there is nothing wrong with the course we have in place.

Use of the promenade in the context of a marathon is difficult from a safety perspective as there is restricted vehicle access for first aid. it would also be the last 5 miles of the marathon - notwithstanding the fact that it would be impossible to Jericho Lane for any length of time.

Trust me, whatever you think will work we have already assessed - and it won't work for one reason or another.

14/02/2013 at 12:33

I just find it amazing the short-sightedness to LCC and catering for its waterfront businesses.

Take the event as a whole, inevitably it will inconvenience many, but it will benefit many more

Can you imagine the London Marathon being cancelled because it affected trade in certain areas?

Surely to god the sheer foot traffic of random spectators, never mind family and friends and participants, gives any city's finances a huge shot in the arm when an event of this magnitude takes place.

Frankly ridiculous...

14/02/2013 at 12:59

A confirmed £1.4 million economic benefit to the city identified in the first year. Clearly didn't go into the correct tills as it has largely been overlooked. Seems the suggestion of lost income due to the marathon is only of relevance depending on geographical location.

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