Sorry, just read my post back and it doesnt make too much sense. I meant to say if anybody cannot run the race and have a spare number then let me know. You can transfer the name up until 15th jan. Thank you!
I missed out on the extra places on 22nd Dec. You can transfer race numbers upto 15th January for anyone who gets injured or cannot run in the race. If this applies to anyone, please let me know as I would be really interested in running this race again. Thank you.
I live in the middle of the two cities on the Wirral. I work in Chester but spend a lot of time in both cities. I have also ran the Liverpool and Chester half marathons. So in a nutshell I am impartial to which race to do. Gutted I have to make a decision TBH.
For what it is worh, I have chosen to do the Liverpool Marathon. This is mainly because I think there is a lot more to see and is a complete mix of venues. Having recently ran the London I think it is important not to get bored and seeing different things or different surroundings helps alot. THe Liverpool route is effectivelt two half marathons; half on the Wirral and the other in Liverpool. Obviously called the 'Liverpool Marathon' for the branding of the city, but it shouldn't overshadow that half is on the Wirral and there are some good parts on this route. Start off in Birkenhead Park then out to the four bridges upto New Brighton. You won't see much between Seacombe and New Brighton but once you get to the waterfront you will have fantastic views of the river and the skyline. You then have the added gimmick of running through the tunnel to then effectively run the Liverpool half marathon.
Although I would love to run the Chester the marathon too, the route is alot more rural and once you've seen one field you've seen them all!!! It is a nice route but you can easily get the feeling of 'where the hell am I' as most of the route is out of the city on rural roads. I suppose it's what sort of race you prefer.
In terms of where to stay for the Liverpool, if your travelling in the day before I would recommend staying in Liverpool city centre and getting a merseyrail train to Birkenhead Park in the morning on the Wirral line. If you want to stay on the Wirral I would recommend looking at hotels somewhere nice like Hoylake or West Kirby as these are also on the Wirral line train service. With Chester there are plenty of inner city hotels near the racecourse, the cheap option being the new travelodge.