In short: Very, very dissapointing In full: Bearing in mind that this race cost £50 and was billed as a course with lots of music I found it to be incredibly disappointing.
The course started out ok along roads, but became very narrow in parts, with so many people running it was bordering on being dangerous, I nearly tripped several times. Then the chaos at the Barracks around mile 4/5 was unforgivable, I waited around 7 mins in total, ruining any PB potential, or even the potential for a decent time. Friends behind me estimated a 20 min delay only to get out to find the section of the race had been closed and they were now behind slower runners on a narrow course. Despite the congestion a lot of the route was very industrial, something I may have forgiven had there been sufficient space. The amount of dog-legs in the course was a real soul breaker, especially at the end of the course. The music on course didn't work, you just didn't hear it very much at all.
Water in cups was not ideal, and coconut water as an alternative to energy drinks, well that is not what you want as a runner.
No goody bag or any sort of food at the end, again for such an expensive race I expected a bit of lucozade and a bananna.
You can tell that this event was organised with a focus on profit making, not running. I won't be doing this event again, and will recommend others against it. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Good training, needed toilets In full: This race is a really good way to do your 20 miler in prep for a marathon, it's a really good idea.
The race was generally well organised, laps not ideal, but helpful for pacing. A bit annoying that people were walking around the route, but I suppose it's hard to avoid and you'd have this issue on a training run, which is essentially what this was.
My main gripe is that there were no additional toilets provided, I accept we were warned on the site that toilets would be "busy" but I expected some additional portaloos, for a 20 mile race, people are going to need to answer the call of nature, and having to queue in the cafe was not ideal. At £16 it was not that cheap, so I would expect this facility. This is why I consider the organisation as a 2, if it was £10 I would have expected less.
Water and lucozade available every two miles perfect. Personally I would have preferred if they ditched the lucozade and paid for a few portaloos on route.
No goody bag, which I'm not particularly bothered about, but it did say we were going to get one on the site, a banana at the end would have been perfect.
Overall, really good idea and enjoyed it, but the lack of toilets was annoying. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Amazing crowd In full: I think it says it all about a race when you can start 45 mins late and people still think it was a great race! I put this down in large to the wonderful people of Liverpool, the encouragement from the crowd was amazing and like many others have said the drumming band outside the tunnel was great.
The route was nice, though Parliment St was a killer, unlike many others I liked that so much of the race was in the park.
The marshals and volunteers were amazing, was lovely to have my foil blanket tied around me and to be congratulated by so many people.
Probably not one for a PB, but I'll be back! Date of review: October 28, 2011
In short: Good fun but too expensive In full: I did this race with friends and it was good fun, lots of good and challenging obstacles and the marshalling was great.
The cost was very high and runners didn't get much for the money, banannas, sports drinks and space blankets would have been very welcome. I also think hot showers should be provided for such a steep entry fee.
Think this event would be transformed by good weather, but not something that can be relied upon in good old Blighty! Date of review: August 7, 2011