In short: Excellent race which made me smile from start to finish In full: Coming a week before the Liverpool marathon, training has reached the tapering stage, and so I was using this race as a last run-out before the big event. Having dramatically reduced mileage this week, I woke up today in the most positive of moods in a long time. This was to be race 26 of a total 32 this year, and the accumulative effect of all this racing has taken its toll lately. But from start to finish, today's event just made me smile. From the great marshalling in the car park, to the lovely surroundings of Speke Hall, which I am ashamed to say I have never visited, the build up could not have gone smoother. And the informal PA announcements made the event feel much friendlier than other events, and the lead bike (ridden by the friendliest of friendly race director) got us started. The course is fast fast fast, with plenty of opportunity to overtake, and a nice touch to see runners on the way back to the finish. One minor point was the lack of a marshall at a key stage which took me and another runner (I followed him) on a slight detour which added 200+ metres to the distance, but no major niggle. All in all, a fab event, and a free massage from Gina at Sports Injury UK was very much appreciated after a 5th place finish. Well done Bug Runs, will be volunteering in the future. Bring on the marathon!!! Date of review: October 2, 2011
In short: Another good renewal of the Liverpool half In full: Having taken part in this event in 2009, I knew what to expect. The rise in the entry threshold however made getting a good spec at the start problematic, and I had to fight my way through to get to the pacing group I was running in. Despite that, and the failure of my GPS watch, meant I had a quick but measured early section.
I am used to using carb gels in races now, but today I felt sick for a large part of the race. But I put that down to not having milk with my porridge at seven. Pacing without a watch is tough, and there were many times when thought my legs would pack in.
The crowd as usual in Liverpool cheered for everyone, especially the children, hopefully the next generation of runners. Made it to the end, in a massive PB of sub 1:22, so very happy but tired. Bring on the Brighton marathon In two weeks, and the liverpool marathon in october.
In short: Excellent, quick 10k race In full: Race 3 of 32 this year, and a really well organised, quick 10k. Start/finish clearly marked, registration a doddle, and Dr Ron Hill at the start. Who could ask for more? Despite my GPS watch running out of battery early on, the course was easy to pace, and very well marshalled. All in all, a lovely experience. Will be back. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: The friendliest of friendly races In full: The clue was in the title 'Hit The trail'. I knew it would be a trail race. But part of me had ignored that fact. My legs quickly realised it though! Started on the shoulder of the leader for the first 1.5 miles, but he left me soon after to toil in 2nd place for the rest of the race. I was kept going by the friendly marshals and the great support along the way. My legs nearly died going up the last hill, but second place was worth the effort. And the £30 prize will help boost my charity fund nicely. Race 2 of 32 for me this year, on to Preston and the 10k on the 23rd. Thank you Belle Vue Racers for a very pleasant Sunday! Date of review: January 9, 2011
In short: First trail race In full: Started running about 9 months ago to prepare specifically for this race after being told about it by family in the Lakes. Following a 1/2 marathon and a 10km, this was my main focus, and wanted to go undr 50 minutes, so was delighted with 49:22 which was good for 20th place. Hope the rumours aren't true and it run again next year, because I want to better that time!!! Date of review: June 15, 2009
In short: Great first 1/2 marathon In full: Am proud to be a scouser having taken part in today's half-marathon. The people who lined the route were amazing, and cheered for everyone. Was hoping to finish in 1:30-1:40 territory, but clocked in at 1:24, which for a first go I was made up with. Well done everyone. See you next year! Date of review: March 29, 2009