Mersey Tunnel 10K

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10/05/2010 at 12:55
Race packs will go out Thursday / Friday so all will land early next week.

Alan
cougie    pirate
10/05/2010 at 13:27
Good work on the W10K yesterday Alan - I know of 3 runners who all enjoyed themselves.  Did the numbers buck up in the end  - I know you were saying entries were down ?
10/05/2010 at 13:48
About 1650 in the 10K and less than 300 in the 5K. Interest is dwindling year on year in this event as (I think) women are tending to just do Race For Life runs. It's a shame because it was a really good atmosphere yesterday and it seems everyone enjoyed the day.

Even the sun was out - how do I do it??

Alan
cougie    pirate
10/05/2010 at 14:21

It is a pity as this is a proper race with proper course length and results. RFL doesnt do times does it ?

Interesting that the Half was busier than ever this year ? I wonder if people are upping their distances ?

 <makes note to don lippy and skirt to take the 5k crown next year>

10/05/2010 at 16:31
Can anyone offer any advice on parking in New Brighton?  I'm coming from Manchester and haven't a clue on the area so a postcode or street name of where I can park near the finish would be REALLY helpful! 
cougie    pirate
10/05/2010 at 17:12

Loads of parking in New Brighton, Fort Perch Rock opposite the Floral Pavilion Theatre has unrestricted parking as has Marine Promenade and Kings Parade. 

I'm not 100% sure where the finish is - but it can only be a couple of k tops to the furthest parking ?

Postcode for Floral Pavilion is CH45 2JS.

Check it out on google maps satellite view and you'll get the idea. Lots of open space.

10/05/2010 at 17:38

Hi Caroline

 I am the same coming from Manchester - The run done by someone on mapmyrun.com has th finish at the end of the promenade - so a check on Google maps might be worth it.

I just did my first ever 10k run in Blackpool.  Great fun and I finished inside the hour target I set myself.  All out to beat the 55:06 on this one.

10/05/2010 at 19:07

Hi Folks, 

Can't wait to do this race again!

I can honestly say hand on heart that this is my favourite race of all the ones I've done, certainly of the 10k's I've entered. A city centre start, with the unique experience of running through the tunnel, and then a seaside finish make it pretty unique. Coupled with the usual Rothwell organisational efficiency its one not to be missed.

For those travelling in, there's a good car park very close to the start if you're not wanting to park on the Wirral, and the trains back from the Wirral after the race stop at Moorfields which is literally a minute's walk from where we start. It's easy to find New Brighton station - just follow everyone else once you've finished.

Not much else to say really other than it's quite a tricky one to pace although I did set my PB here last year - the first 3 or 4k are lightning-fast, but then then incline coming back out of the tunnel kicks in and can catch you out, especially the left-hand turn once you're out of the tunnel. It's nice and flat on the Wirral side though.

Just hoping we don't have to contend with a stiff sea breeze coming off the Irish Sea.....

10/05/2010 at 20:08

Hi all

Re : Car parking - last year wa smy first for this event and I parked in "Pall Mall" car park in the city centre - right at the start and trained it back with all the sweaty runners - great atmosphere on the train but it took ages to get back to the car & then drive home - c. 1hr 30mins so this year I will park on the New Brighton side and enjoy the finish at my leisure then take an easy drive home. Trains were free for runners last year - not sure if this is the case going the other way ? I'm sure it will all be detailed in the pack - such is Alan's supreme organisation skills !!

11/05/2010 at 08:56

hi guys.  just wanted to check something.  did just over 8 miles this morning in 1hr 25.  Is that a good time?  I'm not sure what is good and what's not! It felt a great though.  I can feel my fitness getting better all the time.  And on the blisters front, got some socks from M and S of all places and they are brilliant.  

I've incorporated a lot of incline into my routes which is helping but I'm a bit apprehensive about the tunnel incline.  Any advice for tackling that monster out of the tunnel?

 Hope you're all looking forward tot he race as much as I am.  

Cheers

Chris

11/05/2010 at 09:20

Hi Chris,

Your 8 mile pace is just over 10 and a half minute miles. Which would have you completing the 10k around 1hr 7 minutes.

However, I would be bold enough to suggest that you might find yourself much closer to the hour mark for these reasons; 10k is shorter than 8 miles so you should be able to maintain a quicker pace, you still have time to fit some more quality training in before the day and the race environment will probably spur you on to run faster.

All in all, sounds like it's going well, and more importantly you are enjoying yourself and keeping well motivated. Job done!

As for the tunnel, don't stress about it and enjoy running through it with loads of other bonkers people.

11/05/2010 at 09:41
cheers frodo.  certainly something to aim for!
11/05/2010 at 10:14
Dear all - thank you for the embarrassing compliments. All race details will be sent out on Thursday and they will answer all your questions. Just read through them when they land early next week.

Alan
LIVERBIRD    pirate
11/05/2010 at 10:27

Embarrassing compliments?

I bet if I try hard enough I can make you blush without complimenting you!

11/05/2010 at 11:24
Mmmm... yes... I don't doubt it LB!!
LIVERBIRD    pirate
11/05/2010 at 11:26
11/05/2010 at 11:50
Answers on a postcard to:

What possible way could LB embarass Alan without the aid of a compliment, .........
12/05/2010 at 10:11
Numbers fast approaching 2,000 so we could beat last years total with more than two weeks to go. Should have all the race packs complete tomorrow / friday so you will all receive early next week.

Alan
12/05/2010 at 11:52

 Brilliant news on the numbers Alan - I assume 2000 was the entry number last year then ?

With 2 weeks or so to go you have to looking at a last minute rush and 2500 surely ? The more the merrier - can't wait

Chris - don't panic about the incline out of the tunnel - it really isn't that bad - the route is fairly falt after that so any time lost will soon be made up - try having short sprints after every mile or whatever distance works for you - I have found this gets the time down & I agree with Frodo - this is a 10K race so don't train for further distances or your pace will be slow - aim for 5 miles (8KM) at a faster pace & you'll be amazed at the results

LIVERBIRD    pirate
12/05/2010 at 19:01

Guys - I am WAY too injured to run.

Sorry, I held out till the last minute but its a no.

If I can. I'll come to finish and cheer you folks on!

I'm easily recognisable..... Long blonde hair, fake tan and gob on a stick...

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