In short: Dores Hill worries ? just 61 metres incline over 3 miles.....! In full: A fabulous race, unforgettable scenery, warm welcoming organisors, and pretty good food before ( pasta party) and afterwards food voucher is a welcome treat !
The whole city of inverness embraces the race, the atmosphere is brilliant without being intimidating.
The drinks stations are positioned just right on the route. The only heart stopping moments are the journey to the start....make sure you `go` before you get on the coach to the start...its a full HOUR before you disembark. The organisors did a great job, however the masses of runners formed 2 queues to the toilets, and one of them was a hot drinks station, so be careful not to join the wrong one ! - A simple laminated map of the start area could be on the bus to hand around...that way everyone could see where they needed to head to ( most people just jumped into the heather/trees when they saw the queue anyway !
And now THAT hill...its not steep, its just long and a shock to the legs after effectively a 17 mile largely down hill run ( A few hills within that 17 miles...but hey..its Scotland !!!) I have learned as a trail runner that runners dont like hills..especially marathon runners but dont let this hill put you off...actually there is another little gradient increase at 23 miles which hurts a lot more ! I measured Dores from mile 17-20 and its only 61 metres incline over the 3 miles...get it done and then enjoy the Baxters soup. `Happy Trails` Date of review: October 3, 2013
In short: A superb City Marathon In full: Brilliant race,A must for all those who want to do their first big race. I had run Chester in 2011, and opted for Liverpool this year. Enjoyed the point to point run, the crossing from the city to the Park was all part of the fun, and the race itself smooth and enjoyable. Wasnt expecting the reception as i exited the tunnel....`Wow`...it has to be experienced to be believed. I honestly thought i must have been running close to a celebrity...until i realised the cheering was for every runner ! The people of Liverpool never fail to impress me with their warmth and humour, and this pulses through each part of the race.
Varied road/paths and tracks around the parks have drawn comments of it not being a PB potential...and `Parliament Hill`....well it serves it purpose BOTH ways for a pace leveller on the way up, and a nice speedy finish towards the finish on the way down, so no complaints here, plus with a drinks station half way up...honestly...can you complain ?
Mann Island is the perfect finishing point, you will feel as grand and as tall as the Liver Building itself as you collect your medal. Date of review: October 16, 2012