In short: Restored my faith in running in Liverpool In full: I'm one of the slow runners who had been let down rather badly by other runs in Liverpool so I approached this with a large degree of worry...
The comms throughout have been excellent, the social runs on a Wednesday night in the weeks before the Marathon were a great idea and built a bit of a community.
This was my 6th road marathon and for me as well organised as London, the start and finish areas worked well for me (but I wasn't at the peak times), all of the water stations were still handing out water, gel and although there were fewer bands than perhaps I expected the amp stack at Otterspool made up for it as indie rock started us down the Prom.
A stonking medal, a technical t-shirt and a beer at the end:-)
I'm probably doing the half next year so I can support my mates who'll be doing their first full - they loved what they saw, and what I've said.
In short: Opera singers, Elvis & gales - but glorious! In full: I love this run - brilliantly organised, wonderfully friendly, excellent support from the marshals, locals and cracking bands. Weather & train disruption can not be held at the organisers door, but all the positives can.
Who let the dogs out? Adrian & his merry band...and we should thank them! Date of review: February 9, 2014
In short: When does 2014 open? In full: There was a delay - but they kept us informed and being based in the school was great, somewhere warmish & dry to wait! As a non-driver I can recommend the train and walk to the start:-)
Love the course, hate the cold that prevented me drinking and breathing at the same time. Like the changes to the course from I & II, good to see a race organiser listening to feedback.
And a goody bag of treats to put all others to shame!
In short: Let the Mad Dog's Howl with Pleasure In full: Excellent organisation, brilliant & amusing t-shirt & medal, excellent goody bag! Happy and cheerful marshalls, brilliant centre, with hot showers! Can't knock it at all - and a pb to boot:-) Date of review: February 12, 2012
In short: Same old problems from RunLiverpool - but on a bigger stage In full: I've already been accused of hallucinating for giving my views on this run on the forum, so I'm guessing this will get me run out of town...
Whether the 45 min delay was or wasn't the organisers fault the not telling us about any delay until after we were meant to be running was just unacceptable.
As a back of the pack plodder it was soul destroying to run past the entertainment packing up, others have spoken of the magic coming out of the tunnel... Unfortunately for me it was a hard slog, and then the band was leaving the building... that was a kicker...
Which was repeated at Sefton Park, and all of the other entertainment stations.
The water station volunteers were great, apart from the one nicking a crate of gatorade.
The marshall's were useless, and didn't know where they were in terms of distance, not helpful when some of the mile markers have disappeared.
Run Liverpool manage to have an almost cultish following, and do deserve credit for the keeping running events going in Liverpool. However; the top ranking prices (£48) for less than top ranking organisation, the will they/won't they about energy drinks, the continual disappointment with the lack of a decent t-shirt, the general feeling that these events are run for the speedies rather than all the runners means I've simply had enough and won't be running these events for a long long time.
Which is a pity... Date of review: October 26, 2011
In short: Their 1st time? Otehrs who've done more should look and learn! In full: I'm a back of the pack runner, and normally end up with grumpy marshalls... Not this race, every marshall was helpful, cheerful and encouraging.
Not done any trail runs befre, so not sure how this compared, but I enjoyed it as a change from the plodding on roads I do so often.
Enjoyable, fun, a decent medal and a change from adding to the t-shirt collection, a new mug for the office! Date of review: June 5, 2011
In short: My home half, through parts of my history... But loo roll??? In full: Much better organised than in other years, I actually got a t-shirt this year (yes, I know i moan but back of the pack runners deserve as much as those whipping through quickly)... Which nicely brings me to the goody bag, 2 wet wipes and a loo roll... Seriously, that was it... Seems others got more/better...
But as I said up front its my local half, its not cheap but the route isn't too bad (though its not flat!), and the people are friendly.
In short: Rudest race I've ever been in... In full: Ok, I had a bad day with the heat not helped by the prat who kicked my calf at 2.5km... or the countless muppets storming past and knocking into the slower runners without apology.
Now, its easy to say the slow runners should be at the back, but once at the baggage areas you were filtered through.
Solution - timed pens! The excuse in the brochure doesn't work out as many other races.
Seemed to be plenty of water as I went around, pity the 5km and 8km signs were missing...
The baggage area was chaos on the way out, never had to argue to get a goody bag (and medal) before...
Then again the goody bag wasn't that good... What happened to the t-shirt?
In full: My 1st marathon, and I hate running in the heat, so it was never going to be good.
However, 48 hours later I think I can be a bit more objective:
The good -
Pre-race emails Clear instructions Google mapping stuff Water stations ok (I was at the back and saw the resupply truck go past) though more in the last 10 miles would've been good! The people using hoses and water pistols on us
The not so good-
Relay points were compressed - and to the relay runner who told me to move out of the way, I'd repeat what I said on route but this post would be moderated.
The blasted off-road section, my shuffle turned into a stumble trip, stumble strip...
The bikers - were they meant to be first aid bikes? Why were they riding at me?
The psychological blow of passing the finish line to hear the tannoy annouce that the front runner had pulled up with cramp...
Why were there no official showers on route?
Rumble strip at the end...
The chaos had mainly passed at the end, one advantage of being out there for just under 6h, but for pities sake the luggage trucks could have been closer
The walk for the bus...
The heat was summed up for me when I spotted the chickens on the farm were hiding from the heat, yup staying in the barn!