In short: A good race, hope it returns in 2015 In full: (Half Marathon Review)
A good effort from the organisers for the first running of the event. I was a bit concerned about the half finishing well away from the full marathon finish but some homework with Google Maps meant we could meet our lift without needing to use the shuttle bus back to Queens Park.
Race packs had to be collected from the Casa hotel in Chesterfield on Friday or Saturday, so something to watch out for if you aren't local and only planned to be in town on race day.
There's a longish drag on a dual carriageway and a section through an business park (think dull warehouses) but you have to get the miles in somewhere for a half or full. Some nice green rural sections to offset the less scenic bits though.
Great support in places from the locals, especially at Hasland. My 8th half marathon and I still got goosebumps running through the noise there.
Plenty of supplies out on course with fruit, chocolate and a big 2 litre bottle of water at the finish.
4 out of 5 for PB potential from me. The middle of the course undulates a bit, but the downhills let you get that time (and more) back. End result was a new half PB by five minutes. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: A great race for cracking a PB In full: Generally well organised, though a few PA speakers further back up the start area would be good. Good support in places round the park with some very enthusiastic marshals.
Ideal race for trying to crack your PB - if you do, Archers ice cream parlour on Lark Lane is the ideal post-race treat! Date of review: May 6, 2014
In short: Cracking Winter XC blast In full: A bit slippy in places. I saw a couple of other runners hit the deck on muddy / rooty sections but I'm sure XC at school involved ploughing through shin deep gloop and it wasn't anywhere near that bad!
Best goody bag I've had for a long time.
Well done all involved in the organisation. Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: Race to the ice cream In full: A good morning's effort. A bit hot through the tunnel but great to get onto the Prom and wind up the pace for the finish line. Bit congested at the finish but the volunteers and cadets were working hard dishing out water, 'nanas, medals etc.
Can highly recommend the ice cream at Cafe Creme as a post race treat. If a 10k means two scoops, does finishing the Wirral Half in October (which also finishes in New Brighton) mean three scoops?!
The climb out of the tunnel does start to hurt by the end of it. That said, my other half has PB'd the race for the last two years so there is potential. Date of review: June 27, 2013
In short: It'll do organisation spoils the runners hard work In full: My first crack at a full marathon, run with my a friend who did London about 7 years and swore never again...
Some initial credit for the organisers - the London Road start seemed to be well organised. Starting in the blue wave, we actually started running well before the start and carried on over the line - no bunching or slowing (quite rare in my experience).
Course is scenic in places, industrial in others.
The finish line problems are well detailed in other reviewers, so I won't go over them again. To me, it just seemed the organisers made several decisions on the basis that "it'll do" and had little interest in delivering a good day for the runners.
No spectactors at the finish? "It'll do". Small and very congested immediate post-race area? "It'll do". Long walk to the (over-priced) shuttle bus? "It'll do". Medals with no year? "It'll do".
I'm sure you get the idea.
A huge thanks to the spectactors who did go out around the course, especially around 25 miles. Having my name on the front of my t-shirt was the best £8 I've ever spent.
I would like to give the organisers a second chance but the race fee plus travel & weekend accomodation costs are just too much to stomach if they don't deliver a second time. My marathon money will go to somebody else next time.
GSI Events - you are the weakest link. Goodbye. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Very good race - just needs a bit tweaking for 2012 In full: Thankfully I arrived in decent time to join one of the rather long loo queues and squeeze into the start area before 9.30am. It seems some of the trucks bringing the toilets got stuck in event traffic so that didn't help the queue for the usual pre-race formalities.
The park sections of the course are nice, shame about the industrial estate towards the end but I guess 13 laps of Sefton Park would make people dizzy.
Alan @ Run Liverpool says they want to move the start/finish to the Pier Head for 2012 to provide more space and toilets will come on the Saturday night. It's very good to hear that improvements are already planed - live and learn.
I took just over 7 minutes off my half marathon PB, so am very happy with the race and will be back. Date of review: March 29, 2011
In short: A super Sunday morning! In full: It's not a race which makes it a whole lot of fun. Start in the shadow of the historic buildings of the Liverpool waterfront with chance to enjoy a nice leg stretch through the town. Great atmosphere and the sight of the Red Tidal Wave surfing up the road flyover is just fantastic.
Walk it, run it, or do it three legged - bring the family (and the dog) for a fun morning - see you in 2010! Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: A good Sunday morning outing In full: Well organised and a great turnout. A bit slow through the start but then plenty of space on the outside of the park to get going. Nice pockets of support through the park.
Looking forward to 2010! Date of review: October 5, 2009
In short: Good crowds and a great run In full: Cups at the feed stations? I ended up wearing or spilling more than I could drink.
The crowds up Ecce' Road were fantastic and great to finish down the home straight on the running track. My first sub 2 hour half marathon, so highly likely to be back next year. Date of review: May 6, 2009