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Yes and yes. My running club has signed up for this race en masse, I believe our bus is now full and we're filling up a second one.
I've done it twice before - well organised, having the arena at the start & finish is good, get to see lots of the city, hilly in places and the last 4 miles can be exposed / into the wind. Free beer & concert at the end and amazing medals, what's not to like?
signed up... heard its a good atmosphere event... its my 2018 mission to run sub 4 hour Marathon.
Just got a niggling calf injury last few weeks to get sorted first (& the inevitable Christmas weight gain) !
After niggling calf in December then 2 weeks over Christmas having the "Bug", not quite where I hoped be fitness wise at beginning of 2018 but have started with couple 5 milers over last 2 days too blow the cob webs away ..
Just entered Retford half and then East Hull 20 Mile following week in March as targets to get myself in shape for May !
LMH, I'm running London and Liverpool, so maybe even see you at both! Liverpool is hilly in places, no getting away from that. But the hills are well-positioned along the course (i.e.- no uphills near the end), and it might not seem like a PB course, but I know from previous discussions that quite a few people have PBd there. This was the first race I ever got GFA at, so don't discount it as a course where you can get a good time. As long as you don't get a screaming westerly wind (i.e.- headwind for the exposed last 4 miles), a PB is definitely a possibility.
There's also fairly cheap accommodation around Liverpool, especially if you're prepared to stay outside the centre. There's a group of us staying in a hotel near the airport, and we got a pretty good deal. The race start area is easy to get to by public transport as well.
Good luck either way and hope the training gets back on track soon.
There's a map on the website, but it's a little bit "busy", so I've attached the course map and elevation profile.
Hopefully my Marathon is back on track .... after a rubbish December calf strain then a stomach bug over Christmas and most January my mileage took a hammering so I had decided rather to switch to the half.... a surprising good February started changing my mind...
This month continued getting some long runs (15miles twice and one 17 miler) into legs and have the re-arranged from last weekend East Hull 20 this Sunday so all being well will be back on track
As long as this weekend goes ok will stick with the full marathon path !!!