What a great day to host a race on the waterfront.
Biggest turn out so far with 2,852 finishers and won in an impressive time of just over 31 minutes. Pall Mall seemed absolutely packed as 9.30am approached and it may well be that the event is now at capacity for entries.
The first 2K was rearranged due to access issues for the Student Halls Of Residents on Naylor Street resulting in a zig zag approach to tunnel itself – by which time the eventual winner Tarus Elly from Salford Harriers was beginning to impose his authority on the race. Liverpool Harrier John McCole was pushing all the way but just couldn’t find the speed to pull Tarus back as they battled out of the tunnel, along Dock Road and then the full length of the promenade.
Kirsty Longley from Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton put in a powerful performance to win the ladies race in 37mins 45seconds.
As many of you will already know the home stretch along the promenade always seems to entice people to push on, especially with the finish line in sight. The finish was about 600 meters earlier on the promenade due to the changes on the Liverpool side and no further changes are anticipated for next year. Hopefully this will help those planning a sprint finish!
Talking of the finish line I think the new location is good alongside the War Memorial at the bottom of Magazine Lane but the space needs to be utilised better.
We’ve got a great finish (especially when the weather is like yesterday) so we need to make use of it.
Finally, those of out there who just run without entering and those of you who take more then one t shirt and medal, you’re spoiling it for those at the rear of the filed. You know who you are.
I think next year all event awards will be given out in a bag rather than individually. One bag. All items. Medal, T shirt, fruit and water. Stricter regime required I’m afraid. Some people can’t be trusted.
When a family is seen walking along the prom and they are all wearing event T shirts and only one ran there has to be tighter control.
It has been suggested that the race instructions advise people to buy a train ticket in advance of race day to avoid queueing at New Brighton station. It would be helpful if additional staff could be arranged given the race shouldn’t come as a surprise.
We’ll see. Onward and upward. Tour of Merseyside next.