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I would like to thank Alan and his team for a great event. I cannot even begin to think about the logistical nightmares of arranging such an event in a major City entre so thank you for having the vision, courage and patience for taking the challenge on.
There are always going to be teething problems with any new event - I would agree that the park PA system was poor and the green start coral was packed out - not everyone could get in at the 'official' start time. The pens need to be bigger (especially as there seem to have only been 5200 finishers rather than the expected 8-9000) and gaps closed up just before the start. I personally had no problems or complaints all the way round. Great support and marshalling. Loved the drumming band coming out of the tunnel - certainly helped the last bit of the climb - was quite surreal coming back into the daylight. The 'worst' part of the course for me was Princes Park at 23 miles - bleak with little support. However, loved coming down UPS 24-25 and the finish. Agree re full hands in the finishing shute. I dropped my T-shirt into a puddle before I even got it on trying to hold everything. A special thank you to the lady handing out the foil blankets who was putting them on the athletes tying a knot in the cape to stop them blowing away. The course is a little tougher than other big city marathons but there are unique features - how many people get to run under the Mersey? Did anyone notice the position of the timing mats - 10K - most norther part of Wirral - 1/2 way - in the Tunnel - 20 miles - middle of the park - no chance of anyone taking a short cut!!
Thank you again Alan and the rest of the team - well done!! You all deserve an immense amount of credit.
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Just remembered that a brass band were playing the Rocky tune on upper parliament St, that tickled me and lifted my spirits. I had to smile as I couldn't have felt any further from the "invincible" Rocky!!
Ooh I loved that, coming down parliament street, knowing there was just under 2 miles to go
I you've ever been lucky enough to run the NYC marathon, the highlight is coming out of a dark, quiet bridge, with no spectators, onto First Avenue in Manhattan to be greeted by thousands of cheering New Yorkers. It makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck!
Well, coming out of the tunnel on Sunday was 10 times as exhilirating as this. Like running out onto the pitch at Goodison on matchday and summiting Alpe d'Huez in the Tour de France all rolled into one!
Don't change the course too much. It has everything.
Judging by most people's times and taking into account the wind (It's always like that in New Brighton!), the tunnel and the undulations, this could be marketed as BRITAIN'S TOUGHEST CITY MARATHON. A friend even reckoned it was tougher than Snowdonia !
(BTW, Wallasey and Birkenhead are not small towns. I heard somewhere that Birkenhead is the biggest town in England and bigger than many cities.)
Big thank you to Alan and everyone who helped to make Sunday so memorable.
My wheels fell off at around 15 miles and I ended up finishing in 4 3/4 hours. I'm still beating myself up over it, don't know why it all went so wrong, but I guess I basically underestimated just how much respect this distance deserves.
As a first timer, before the event I wasn't sure whether this would be my first and last marathon. A few minutes after finishing (ok, maybe more than a few minutes) I was 100% determined to come back next year and hopefully put right the errors I think I made.
Don't think I'll ever forget the brilliant support around the course. Complete strangers shouting out my name was such a lift.
Paul 22 - sorry mate for possibly blanking you at the finish. I was a bit cream crackered.
Can't wait until next year. Congratulations RunLiverpool, job well done. I'm now a Liverpool Marathon addict.
Did this marathon as my first one, only 6 weeks of training due to an injury filled year. 4.51, not too impressive but really didnt care this time around. UPS really hurt and i was really trying to seperate my mind from my body from miles 18-24. The last 1.5 miles to the finish was awesome and made it all worthwhile.
Loved the whole experience, support was amazing from spectators, marshalls, volunteers and fellow runners, thats what really made the day for me. Would have to echo a few recent posts about the PA system, i was in the blue pen and had no idea what was going on, it was quite confusing for us all back there...
My legs still hurt but i will be back next year for sure now i have tactically set a PB i can beat
LOL...I am on that video too!
Alan, really, there was nothing that bad about it at all. The start wound me up, but it wasn't your fault......I would do it again, for sure......You even made the weather agreeable!
The hard work continues for Alan and Yvonne judging by the amount of phone calls and E-mails they got when I called in to see them today. It may have ended for us when we crossed the line but it certainly didn't for the RL team.
I found out today that Alan likes doughnuts so if you call into HQ make sure you buy him a bag.
First posting on this thread, just in case RunLiverpool wade through all of this, here are my comments:
1) Great event, although possibly biased by the fact that I had a great run. Course was varied, plenty to keep the interest, flat, little wind, and the weather unbelievably perfect after hte forecast 2 days previously.
2) Route was brilliant - tunnel was fab, particularly liked the Sefton Park bit - very pretty, far nicer than (for example, an industrial estate) and a chance for the skilled spectator to watch his/her runner six times - at the stage of the race when support really makes a difference!
3) Entertainment was awesome, as were the crowds - partic good idea passing by the finish at mile 14 - must have really boosted the crowd numbers.
4) Loved the downhill at 24/25 - thought the uphill at 16 was early enough that it didn't cause any harm.
Suggestions for improvement (apologies if already mentioned, can't face wading through 5000 posts):
Sefton Park - more signs, more marshals, fewer numbskulls wandering around the course with their dogs as if it is a public park
Princes Park - more signs - felt very lost and lonely in there, no one else in sight. And that road out of Princes Park - just looked like a normal street, thought I had wandered off the course... on the other hand well done to the bike marshal who kept me right (until he punctured)
Anyone with he courage to put on an event liek this - closing city centre roads incl the tunnel etc - deserves masses of credit for taking a chance - I'll be back down again.
Probably the last post for me for a while as I'm gonna have to move on to the the next fix, especially as this is definitely my first and last marathon (no reflection on the race just not built to go beyond 13 miles).
I just want to get back to the reason I have been on here so much the last few weeks. Each and everyone of you has helped me along the way and it was real pleasure thinking of some of the tips during the run.
Having organised large scale international events Alan I have to say you have done an amazing job. There is always going to be room for improvement and there is always going to be people who will be over critical and overanalyse every last bit of an event but ultimately as the first one this was a superb achievement.
Thanks for the marathon memories!
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