Date: 31 Dec 2017 & 1 Jan 2018
Start Time: 10:00 each day
Venue: Liverpool, Riverside Promenade. Start/finish area on promenade near Brunswick Dock, opposite Pipe Centre. Free car park by Pipe Centre on Atlantic Way.
Facebook page: here.
(there is no website other than this PDF and the facebook page)
Minimum Age: 18 on race day
Distance: approximately 26.2miles. See below for route details.
Entry fee: £35 for 2 days | Or £20 for one day.
Add £2 if unattached.
All proceeds are donated to the two charities, as explained below.
No postal entries this year. Any paper forms that you may have found from 7 years ago - do not send them in the post along with cheques as they will not be accepted.
This year we only accept entries via a donation to the fundraising page. All money split between two charities 50:50.
Veterans Charity - VC provide fast and direct support to Veterans of all generations.
MACS (Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia & Coloboma Support) - MACS support children born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes.
Starts at 8:30 each day by the start. You will be given one number that should last for the 2 days. Please bring your own safety pins. Start list will be emailed a few days beforehand – please find yourself on the list and memorise your number, this will make registration quicker.
Cut off times. There are no cut offs – simply enjoy your day! If you might still be running after 4 pm it may be a good idea to bring a head torch in case some of the lamp posts are not working.
The route follows Liverpool Otterspool Riverside Promenade along the river Mersey. The distance measures approx. 26.2 miles consisting of four 3.27 mile out-and-back laps. There is a red hat on the ground marking the start line and the turn around point - you need to run around this hat to complete each lap. The surface is mainly road/brick or concrete. There is a brief bit of cobble stones and 2 steps. All course is traffic-free, however it is open to public and participates must be considerate of pedestrians at all times.
Marshalls and water stations:
The main checkpoint is by the start / finish area – is available every 6.6 miles as you complete each lap. There is space for all runners to leave any supplies you may need (Warm clothes, layers and drinks!). We provide snacks and water but it can be difficult for marshals to keep on top of them in the rain and wind (especially water cups flying around), so please try to mainly rely on your own supplies. The “own drinks” format also works well because it helps us avoid littering on course –everyone looks after their own rubbish.
We will do our best to provide a marshal with water at the turn around point (3.27 miles) however we rely on the kindness of volunteers for this and cannot guarantee there will be one. It is always best to prepare to be self-sufficient for the duration of each 6.6 mile lap.
I cannot stress this enough, it is bloody freezing. The weather will be miserable, windy, raining and freezing - please dress appropriately for winter. The course is exposed and there is a VERY STRONG COLD WIND MOST OF THE TIME. In other words it’s bloody freezing. Every year there are runners having to withdraw due to not dressing appropriately and getting cold, please don’t let it be you.
Don’t forget to bring warm clothes for after the run too.
If you have family waiting for you please tell them to dress as if they were going to climb big freezing mountains. No flip flops!
Timing and Results
We provide gun time only. Times are recorded manually, hence there is a small chance of human error especially in rainy weather. It’s best to wear your own watch as a back up.
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THE VENUE UNTIL YOU MAKE SURE THE TIMEKEEPER WRITES DOWN YOUR TIME IN THE RESULTS TABLE. This should be done before the medal is given but in certain cases (such as when many people finish at once) it becomes more difficult therefore please remember to make sure we have recorded your time before you leave.
Results for day 1, day 2, and both days will be sent by email to all participants. I will be posting on facebook to advise when emails have been sent.
Medals for all finishers. Small trophies for 1st male and female runners.
The closest accommodation is Travelodge Docks – it is just round the corner from the start. We strongly recommend booking this hotel over others as you would be able to use the toilet just before the start.
Transport and Parking
There is a large parking by the Pipe Centre (Atlantic Way), which is free of charge. We have kindly been given permission to use this car park – please respect the rules and do not leave any litter behind.
The start is just behind the fence from there.
The nearest train station is Brunswick (Merseyrail).
If a family member/ friend is coming with you why not consider volunteering and becoming a Marshal for the day? There is always something we need help with, handing out water, medals, etc etc. All help is really appreciated.