Just to advise that there will not be any Goody Bags next year. Bananas, bars and drinks will be handed out at the finish. Goody Bags have become cost prohibitive I'm afraid. THEY AE NOT FREE! As far as T shirts go there will be a separate collecting point away from the finish line where you can go and have your number marked upon collection. It's not really possible to manage tear off sections when you have in excess of 6,000 finishers. It just slows everything down.
There will be FOUR colection points relative to sizes. The new online entry system allows us to accurately asse size requests.
Numbers coming in well already and on approximately 1,800 which is good considering we are still in November.
(I think the marathon entries are opening nex weekend, everyone should recive an email in advance)
Just to correct the casual comments from andyc209 and EG Graham - it is incorrect to state it was the 'fault' of Liverpool or indeed that we won't 'move back' for the convenience of the Chester event.
The Liverpool Marathon was first suggested as far back as June 2006 and for a number of reasons it wasn't possible to deliver the event until 2011. The suggestion had always been (from me) that such an event would need to be in October.
The ongoing discussion for a Liverpool Marathon had already started before a Chester Marathon was considered and when it happened it was in May 2010. The fact that Chester chose to relocate to October and Liverpool pressed ahead with their own event was nothing more than unintended consequence.
Now if it was as easy as simply moving a date then either Chester or ourselves would do it. But it isn't.
I had met with the Chester team recently and advised that the Liverpool event date is governed by a number of factors including Premiership football (Chester clearly doesn't have that particular problem) and the event date sits with a Premiership free weekend. So now you know why the Liverpool date is on 14th October next year.
The events are significantly different in their appeal and I trust just like Liverpool both events will grow in future years. Not everyone wants to run TWO marathons over two weekends but at least the running community has a good choice in October.
Wishing everyone all the very best in their marathon planning for next year.
Just a quick thank you for those who have posted the reassuring and positive comments about the marathon on the rating section - with one notable exception. It seems I've started and created a 'cult' following... at least I think that's what was said.
I'll be sending out an email prompt next week about coaching groups sessions (managed by Richard Othen and iMarathon Training for the half marathon so if anyone is looking to improve then I would suggest that is a good way to do it.
Santa Dash is picking up significantly as well. Here comes Christmas! Shall we have a social gathering??