In short: Poor organisation, but very fast! In full: I feel a bit bad criticising this race seeing as it was for a very good cause, but it seems like the organisers were swamped by last-minute entries. This delayed the start by 10 minutes, and there was total confusion as to what was going on, especially when we heard the guy on the tannoy attempt to set us off even though he was half a mile away at the Ribble Pilot pub and we didn't even know what direction we were supposed to run!
On to the race anyway - a fast three-lap course around Preston Docks with decent marshalling. There was a lack of water during the race (didn't bother me but it may have for others....) but we got some at the end along with a medal, which for the entry fee was decent value.
It wouldn't take much to improve this race - race numbers sent through the post (I'd happily have provided a stamp addressed envelope for mine rather than having to join the huge queue at Carrefour with the last-minute entrants), a proper start with a klaxon to get us going, a water station at halfway, and possibly better cordoning off of the course.
Best of luck for next year and hope lots of money was raised for the charity. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Unique 10k with great views of Liverpool and a seaside finish In full: If you're looking for a 10k that's a little bit different, I can strongly recommend this one.
After an opening kilometre near to Liverpool city centre, you then enter one of the Mersey tunnels - a unique experience to run through. The second half of the race is along the promenade along the Wirral to the finish at New Brighton. So in the space of 10k you get to experience Liverpool, a 2km tunnel, and a seaside finish in New Brighton!
The 2009 edition was great, although very hot which I'm guessing made it difficult for some. Brilliant organisation though as always by the RunLiverpool team, with two water stations and good marshalling.
I will be back next year.... Date of review: June 3, 2009
In short: A great well-organised city half-marathon with definite PB potential In full: This was my first half-marathon and I couldn't have chosen a better one to do. The weather was perfect and the course is mainly flat (apart from a small climb up Parliament Street near the start), so definite potential for PBs.
The route is a really nice mix of city streets, parkland, and the final few miles along the promenade next to the Mersey. The start and finish at the new arena was great too - a welcome change from the traditional Sefton Park.
All in all, a great race and a credit to the organisers - I will be back next year! Date of review: May 28, 2009
In short: Great organisation and beautiful scenery made for a great 10k In full: As I didn't do this race last year I can't comment on the negative aspects that people reported (e.g. muddy finish, lack of water, not enough loos etc). But the organisers listened and a lot of work has obviously gone in to this year's event.
The first thing to highlight is the scenery - in the winter sunshine it looked great with the hills of the Ribble Valley forming a perfect backdrop. The organisation for a 10k of this size was spot-on too, with portaloos laid on at the leisure centre registration location and more water than a mineral water spring at the finish.
Throw in an Olympian (Helen Clitheroe) as the women's winner and Ron Hill presenting the prizes and you've got a must-enter 10k.
I'll be back next year! Date of review: December 28, 2008