In short: Run Wirral - Run Liverpool - Run the Tunnel ! In full: Disclaimer - My experience may be influenced as I PB'd - and on a course that I don't think is the easiest around...
The start was well organised - time markers up to tell you where to be. Luggage lorries were well manned and no problems there. The grass was muddy but you can't control that !
The course is a great mix - a quick lap of the Park - not that you can take in the views really, then out onto the Wirral. Going through the Docks is always interesting, and then a fast descent to the promenade. A nice out and back there let you assess how everyone was doing, and then avoiding starbucks we get to go round the Marine lake - Irish Sea lapping at the sea wall.
Then we get to the promenade with views over to Liverpool - this is the view that the tourists want. Perfect.
Historic Hamilton Square is next and then you descend into the Tunnel - this makes for a fast end to the first half.
After that - its uphill through the city and into Sefton Park. Just one lap of that though and already you're on your way back home. Nice fast descent down again - so you've a chance to keep the pace up. The last mile or so always go on forever - but the crowd support is good.
Through the finish and you're done.
Organisation was perfect - no worries on that. Teeshirt, Foil Blanket, Medal and some other goodies too.
The only downside of the whole event is that it made my legs hurt. But I will return.
In short: A chocolate box village 10k ! In full: Well I had to run this as its in walking distance of home. I was a bit wary of the route - it looked wiggly and fairly tricky and with it being the first running I'd half expected to get lost. But it was perfect ! Fantastic marshalling - great signage, great coning off and the out and back sections let you see just how far ahead the fast boys were.
Nice food and drinks on offer at the end too - I'll bring cash next year.
Lovely medal too !
And theres plenty of things for supporters to do as well. Date of review: May 16, 2012
In short: Not for PB chasers but what a stunning location ! In full: Fantastic weather and a challenging course made for a special day. Come for the race but don't rush away after. Great medal too and I don't do races for "goody bags" so no complaints from me.
It'll take a while to get the sand out of your shoes - but it's well worth it.
In short: Great race marred by a poor after finish area In full: The race has got slated but the only bad thing I found was that the post finish area was too small and as such badly organised.
If they move it back to the racecourse it should be perfect.
I found the route fast and scenic - a bit windy but this is Scotland. Drinks stations were plentiful. It was marshalled well. There was a small stretch of broken road at the country house but the rest of the route was in great condition. Buses back to the start were a bit of a walk from the finish but we were told that. There was no queue for me so I was on the bus and away before too long. I didn't bring any spectators with me but there wasn't much for them at the finish as it was. If you have spectators - maybe look for another race unless the finish is rearranged. The start was well organised in the city centre so easy to reach - a short walk from the main railway station. Teeshirt was nice and a technical one too - so that's better than London. Medal a little dull but that's not important for me. I would definitely go back.
In short: The weather was abysmal, but the race was brilliant. In full: Where the hell did all that rain come from ? I thought the forecast was good. So it made the start finish area a quagmire and there were a lot of puddles/rivers all over the course - it didnt deter us. Lots of fun, and great to be out racing on such an awful day. Lovely race - good for all abilities and great organisation, marshalling and support. Teeshirt design was nice too. Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: Very professional event In full: What makes this special is that the whole community get behind the race. Fantastic support. Pretty flat route and plenty of water and showers. Roads are open so mp3s aren't safe, but why cut yourself off from the supporters ? Extremely well organised - great souvenirs and great value. Thanks to the organisers and all of their supporters. I will be back ! Date of review: June 22, 2010
In short: Big City Race with Big Atmosphere In full: Forgot to rate this before now ! Organisation was good - chip timing and that worked well. Course was good - a little challenging with a strong headwind for the last 3 miles - but all part of the game. Nice big mile markers - I saw them all, and seemed to be plenty of water stations. Party Balloon arches marked the start/finish - it was obvious if you looked - theres no way an inflatable arch would have stayed up in those winds ! Nice teeshirt too - but apparently people bandited the race and ran with no or forged numbers. Thats being sorted out for next year. I'll be back. Date of review: April 8, 2010
In short: Great organising - especially as its a new race. In full: I was only meant to be doing this as a relay - I thought the novelty of a half-half was great and its probably a great way of getting people running. Sadly my partner dropped out - so I had to run it all - but it was worth doing. If you are doing the relay part - the first half is mainly uphill - and the second downhill. So dont tell this to whoever goes first ! ;-)
Very scenic route - who knew Warrington was that pretty ? Great support from the locals - without them - we couldnt do it. I loved the running on the paths too - but next year can someone trim the low branches please ? Will definitely be back to race that again. Well done everyone.
In short: Stunning scenery, fantastic atmosphere, and hills - oh lawdy the hills ! In full: Forget your PBs, just run this race - the views are stunning, the locals friendly, and it gets you up in the Lakes for the weekend. I'll be back - and ready for the hills next time ! Date of review: September 21, 2009