As much as the challenge of a marathon in itself can be inspirational it is often the course that dominates post race debate. Looking at what has been planned for the first RunLiverpool Marathon, we believe the course combines all the ingredients that marathon runners look for in a big city race.
We’ve got a relaxed and accessible start area in Birkenhead Park – the influence behind the design and creation of Central Park in New York – with a good stretch of quality urban roads to get you on your way in the early miles. With a nice flat first few miles the course passes through Wallasey and New Brighton until it hits the sea front promenade (mind the short descent down Rowson Street) before turning right to head along the promenade where at around six miles or so you will be greeted by the best view of Liverpool anywhere. Guaranteed. You should be transfixed for the next three miles as the brilliance of this iconic skyline will captivate your thoughts so remenber to concentrate on your running as you head off through Birkenhead Docks before passing the elegance of Hamilton Square and the old Birkenhead Town Hall.
I’m really looking forward to the marathon, especially as its in my hometown. Looks like a brilliant course, can’t wait!
This is approaching the eleven mile point and you will then enter a real piece of Liverpool history, the original Mersey Tunnel. Enjoy the long slow descent as you cross deep below the River Mersey but remember, what goes down, must come up! Having got the ascent out of the way you emerge in the shadow of the world famous Liver Buildings, tantalisingly close to the finish line but with around 13 miles of the challenge to go!
Heading south, runners will then pass both the old and the new Liverpool – the Albert Dock on one side and Liverpool ONE retail centre on the other. This is Liverpool in total contrast with hundreds of years of development separated by just a hundred yards of road! From here runners will pass in site of the Anglican Cathedral which dominates the skyline on the approach to one of the oldest parts of the city. On the way there is the small matter of a short sharp incline of about 400 meters which will see runners at the high point of the course. A nice relaxing section through two of the city’s oldest parks (Sefton and Princes Parks) will see runners returning back down Upper Parliament Street at about 24 miles before coming along the main highway parallel to the river on the approach to 26 miles which is once again in front of the Albert Dock / Liverpool ONE section.
The run in to the finish in front of the World Famous Liver Buildings makes for a fantastic and memorable finish. It doesn’t get any more ‘Liverpool’ than that!