We're up and running!
Just wanted to say a big thankyouto Alan and all the team for producing a 1st marathon in Liverpool for 18 years.
Of couse there were some issues - the main issue (and it wasn't that bad) was the organisation in the parks - I was one of the back markers(I beat 6 hours) but there were a number of runners who were concerned they had taken ( i was asked twice by other runners) the wrong route as there was a lack of active marshalling.
Having said that the positives far out-weighed the negatives.
All of the volunteers I spoke to were extremely helpful from the moment I parked the car in the NCP in Pall Mall.
The course was great (very tough from the tunnel to UPS)
The crowds were fantastic - particularly coming out of the tunnel and running through the Liverpool One area.
The finish was superb - running in from mile 25 the support was fantastic (only 300 people finished after me so lot's of people had stayed on) I was absolutely knackered as my lack of training had started to show from about mile 16
The finish area was good too - I liked the idea of picking what you wanted (loved the banana and the foil wrap)
I had decided not to do the run in August as I felt I hadn't recovered enough from illness I had last year.
On Saturday I decided I didn't want a DNS so went ahead after hardly any training for 6/7 weeks. Whilst I got a PW completing the run has convinced me that I am now fully recovered from my illness and I just suffered from lack of training.
This is my last marathon - I am now looking forward to doing 10k and HM.
Once again big thanks to Alan and the team - a great start and I am sure the event will just get bigger and better
Massive congrats to Alan and all the crew.
Really enjoyed the first 16 miles, then the hamstring went.. felt like i was shot in the leg!.... Had to walk, stop / stretch, and jog remainder of race. Have to say the encouragement from the crowds was unreal. Big shout out to all the volunteers. There was one fella on a bike who seemed to be everywhere! Thought i was hallucinating as I seen him in Sefton twice and then near the finish! He never stopped shouting encouragement. As the end appraoched I decided to put all my effort into last mile and run ( for the crowds! ) All was going well and then within sight of the finish my hamstring went again!! Had to stop and stretch again! within what felt like touching distance to the finish.. ( could hear what felt like hundreds of spectators groaning! )... then the comments of encouragement started from the crowd and following shouts of "c'mon lad, your nearly there!... and "keep moving fella" and "don't give up"... I eventually managed to hobble over the finish line!!
Overall I think I experienced every possible emotion during the day....and crossing the finish I swore I'd never run any type of race again... but like many on here I'm already looking at upcoming races and I know I'll be back next year !!!.... bring it on!
I dont post on here at all really, I pop on to book events and read articles, but just thought I'd pop in and congratulate Alan on a great event.
Apart from the problem at the start (which has been explained I think!) I thought the race was great, much more undulating than I thought it would be (I came up for the Liverpool half earlier in the year as well), definitely wasnt expecting it to be that hilly, but it wasnt a problem, if all marathons were flat/the same, what would be the point? I even managed to set a PB by knocking about 6 mins of my London time earlier this year by clocking 3hr 19min 59 secs, so I guess it wasnt that hilly! As 100% have said, coming out of the tunnel was amazing along with the couple of miles following it, only part of the course I found a bit mundane was Sefton park, but you cant have it all. AGreat finish as well, managed to almost sprint the last mile due to the crowd.
You can be proud of your efforts Alan, a massive success. My sister also finished, her first marathon, and is already talking about booking it for next year (she lives there anyway!) and I shall certainly be doing it every year it is on.
Hi everyone-I bloody loved it!!!!I thought the course was easy,I hardly noticed the tunnel incline and on Upper parly I ran/walked so not to loose loads of energy.That was my slowest mile and although I didnt manage a negative split(and i usually do in training)my last 2 miles were my fastest.
I thought the crowds were amazing i had my name o n my top and particularly the girls just kept on shouting-some catching me 3 times at Sefton park!!!
I did 3.55 which for my first go I was really pleased with particularly as I kept getting told the last 6 might kill me and destroy any hopes of a time.
I will defo do it every year now until a part of me breaks or falls off..................
I tried this in Liverpool but obviously got the wrong bus
alan rothwell 3 wrote (see)
Ruth - (and the rest of you) you can relive the experience! have a look at the video on www.run247.com it's really good.
Thanks Alan for telling us about this. I'm suffering from PMI (post marathon insomnia) so just watched it. Warkie & Mrs Warkie - you're in it! Don't blink though, or you'll miss it (I think you can make out Scooby Dudek in the edge of shot too).
And ta also to emdee for posting the link to youtube, of the Batala Liverpool drummers on the exit to the Tunnel. A reminder of one of the awesome highlights to the run .
Whilst I'm up at this unholy hour, I thought I'd add (in no particular order) some highs & lows of the weekend that I missed from my earlier write-up...
I won't be back next year for RLM12 - as I think it clashes with my local race (Abingdon), which I have had my eye on for a few years. I'm really glad to have been a part of RLM11 though, and 09.10.11 is a day I shall remember for a long time. I'll be back one day, I'm sure. Good luck to everyone for 14.10.12!
Scooby Dudek wrote (see)
Belatedly posting after the fun that was Sunday.Nice meeting up with a few prior to the start and having a little chat. Good to hear Mrs Warkie is quicker than Warkie at the mara, as well as 10k.Really good meeting up and chatting/drinking with a few afterwards. The point of this running lark is to get fit so you can meet and drink. All about balance. However I believe next time we should meet up in a bungalow, stairs after a marathon and not good. Scouse Elvis, any updates on your next road mara?From a personal point of view the race was not great, 1:33 through half, 3:21 finish. Upper Parliment was not fun at all. Leaving the tunnel was truely amazing and I blame then for my pain on Upper Parliment, as I ran much to quickly between the two points.
Belatedly posting after the fun that was Sunday.
Nice meeting up with a few prior to the start and having a little chat. Good to hear Mrs Warkie is quicker than Warkie at the mara, as well as 10k.
Really good meeting up and chatting/drinking with a few afterwards. The point of this running lark is to get fit so you can meet and drink. All about balance. However I believe next time we should meet up in a bungalow, stairs after a marathon and not good. Scouse Elvis, any updates on your next road mara?
From a personal point of view the race was not great, 1:33 through half, 3:21 finish. Upper Parliment was not fun at all. Leaving the tunnel was truely amazing and I blame then for my pain on Upper Parliment, as I ran much to quickly between the two points.
Great meeting you Scooby but to let you know divorce proceeding are set to happen any day now..
I also had an injury on the day and could not train for 4 weeks prior so i have a list of reasons why i did so badly..
Cheers for letting me know we are in the video Ulen will watch it with Mrs Warkie tonight
Mrs Warkie will be running the Marathon next year (I may be doing the Manchester) even if she has to run through that Bl##dy tunnel again...I must admit after the support from the Liverpool crowd and wonderful marshalling I am also tempted (also would like to add as others the lady with the foil blanket wrapped it around felt I like a little boy being looked after by his mum...Wonderful )
We both will be running the Half next year so hopefully see some of you there
Thanks Alan glad to see most of the comments are positive and please get the drumming band for the exit of the tunnel 10k next year pretty please ...
Red head, you forgot your fellow redhead on the course! I saw you at New Brighton, remember? What time did you get? I struggled on that stretch (well, I struggled all the way to be honest).
Reckon I will run tonight too....want to get back into it, and seriously considering another marathon at the end of the month...which will make Liverpool look easy!
15W....are they STILL not there? Most events I have ever done have always had the photo's on by the Monday, latest. Not sure what the hold up is?
Yeah, I liked the view too, very impressive, I think it was more the flatness of it (if that doesn't sound stupid) and the wind..though it could have been a lot worse.
4.29, can't complain, all things considered. Just wanted to get round! Nothing wrong with your time either, remember, someone told me, only 1% of the population every run a marathon, and I think we forget how hard it is and long it is too, so much respect to ALL of us!
I officially love Scousers! I live in the NW (but from N East England) and I can't believe the pettiness between Manc's and Scousers...people in Manchester.."Oohh...Liverpool..blah blah blah"...I love BOTH cities and am lucky enough to live half way between both. Am going to sign up for the Manchester marathon when I get paid. It's like a holiday isn't it? Make yourself feel better by booking another!!
No way...24th! What is your best time? How many do you do a year?! Which is your fave? Sorry...so many questions.
I want to do another this year. I suffer with my feet quite badly, so next year might be my last marathon running year.
Wow, I am in awe...that's brilliant. 7 in one year? What does your family think of it all?!
I have never done an off roader really, and not sure I fancy it too much as I worry I might turn my ankle or something. Still, it doesn't hurt to try different things, and sometimes you do suprise yourself. Do you also go abroad to do them? Are there any that you want to do but have not?
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