All abilities are welcome to take part - whether you're a speedy runner, occasional jogger or walker!
Distances in this event
10:00am Sun 5th May 2019
10:30am Sat 4th May 2019
11:45am Sat 4th May 2019
This year's medal is of the Anglican Cathedral which we pass at about the 1K point. As you can see it's very gold and very shiny.
Our new 10K route is unbelievably flat! We start in front of the magnificent Metropolitam Cathedral on Hope St and finish on Princes Ave.
The 5K route takes place within Sefton Park. The event starts and finishes at the same place close to the 'Needle' and there are several places around the course for your supporters to watch you whizz (hopefully) past.
Last year I completed the Liverpool Spring 10k, it was two laps round the glorious Sefton Park in the sun and I couldn’t wait to sign up again!This year the route had changed to incorporate the iconic cathedrals of Liverpool, starting at the Catholic Metropolitan cathedral and making its way past the Anglican Cathedral down into two parks of Liverpool. This included Princes Park and the larger Sefton Park. As soon as we entered Sefton Park the crowds were amazing. Lots of cheering and support, along with the usual drummers and musical acts.The last 6K went by so quickly as we looped around the lakes in the park and past the famous Palm House – a Dome-shaped Victorian palm house situated in the centre of the park.I strongly recommend this race, it is organised by couple Matt and Sam Davies and they put their heart and souls into ensuring the T-Shirts are amazing, and the medals are worth the run! This year the reward was a trophy style medal which stands up on your mantlepiece (or office desk!).The thing I really love about the event is that it forms part of a weekend where there is a timed 5K and a Kids 1K. The timed 5K is a wonderful chance for newer runners to push themselves and get a feel for an official race. The event is chip timed, there are bands around the route and finishers are rewarded with a lovely medal and training t-shirt. When 5Ks are labelled as “fun runs” the terminology can often take away from how much of an amazing feat 5K is for any runner so Matt and Sam stay away from this. Last year two of my friends did their first 5Ks at this event and it gave them a massive sense of achievement, one went on to do a half marathon the next year. To conclude a good time was had by all amazing route, great medals and t-shirts, fabulous weather and a well organised and enjoyable run!
Easy registration process and race number arrived in plenty of time beforehandVery well organised set up pre race with more than enough toilets a very efficient baggage drop. Colour coded starter pens made for a very good startA new route means the run starts by the Catholic Cathedral and goes down Hope St and Princess Ave, both wide enough to easily accomodate the masses of runners. The final 6km enters familiar territory with a few loops within Sefton Park with the trees providing decent shade on a hot morning. A cheeky incline brings you onto a short finishing straightSupport was minimal in the residential areas but was much more evident in the Park with a couple of drumming bands and a packed finishing areaA well set out area after the finish line made water, t-shirt and medal collection very easy with both the shirt and medal being good quality. There was a massive field next to finish were runners could meet up, compare times, get burgers and ice cream and bag collection was easy. Free buses ferried runners back to the start area
The start by Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral was great, it was easy to get to by train and it was a nice area to wait to start the race. I used the bag drop off which was easy and plenty of toilets were available (big queues were forming closer to start but loads available further towards the back). The start was split into coloured pens which were well marked, I found the pacer I was looking for easily (shame I didn't keep up). The race started on time (and re started but this was handled well). The first part of the route though Liverpool was picturesque and then when getting to the the park was even better however the occasional surprise posts and a boulder springing out from in front of runners distracted me from the scenery. A minor point would be that I would have prefered the larger water bottles at the 5k point to be swapped with the smaller ones at the finish. There was a fantastic atmosphere coming though park with drummers mid way and great support to everyone on the final straight. Nice shiny medal and t-shirt. I found the race harder than usual and with the course being more undulating than I'm used to running and with the heat was not my best time but still a really enjoyable day.
Wow that was hot!!!I returned to this race after running it in 2016. The registration process is easy, with race information and numbers being sent out well in advance. The start moved this year to outside the Metropolitan Cathedral and for me this was a great move, the start was well managed in waves and we soon passed the Cathedral and were on our way in very hot conditions. The new route took us past some beautiful buildings before heading into the park for the final 7k, the shade of the trees was most welcome! I really enjoy routes around Sefton Park and the supporters that were out were vocal and supportive, particularly in the 200 meters by the finish.The water stations at halfway were well marshalled and well stocked with bottles of water, would have liked a sports cap bottle but that is only a very minor point.The finish funnels were very well managed and after collecting a great medal we split into the funnels ordered by t-shirt size, plenty of stock by the looks of things so no danger of them running out of your size. This is a really well managed and enjoyable event and one that will always be on my race calendar where possible, definitely one to take part in if you haven't already! Maybe just hope it's a bit cooler next year.....
I found both races, although part of the same series, to be very different. The Saturday 5k had very much a charity / walkers feel (certainly starting where I did towards the back - my fault for not getting into the starting pen quickly enough).Consequently this made the first couple of kilometres difficult with having to stop as walkers walked 4 or 5 abreast so no room to pass. I found the 5k tough going and never really got into my pace. My 11 year old started at the front and had no problems and finished 16th in 19.42 so a good quick race for front runners. I finished in 27.44 and it was an enjoyable run in the sun but very busy and not really a 5k PB course unless you were at the front. The 10k pen starts worked really well. I was in the blue zone. Loved starting on front of the cathedral and then into Sefton Park. Similar time 5k time to Saturday but felt strong and had an even pace. Great support, great bands and loved it. I got annoyed with a man who dropped his water bottle on the middle of the tarmac - put it to the side a friend broke her ankle on carelessly discarded water bottle at GNR! Definitely recommend the 10k without question. Son who got 19.42 in 5k then ran kids 1k - he won. It was fantastic to see so many little ones running. People still crossing start line as Sammy was finishing behind the lead bike. Lead bike had to dodge parents on phones etc but it was good fun and good experience for the little ones to do a run in great atmosphere.
Sign up process was really easy and bib and info pack arrived in plenty of time. The race organisers even send out safety pins which I think is a nice touch!My hubby had previously done the race when it was 2 laps of Sefton park (whilst I spectated) so it was nice being different starting in the city centre! Only downside with the route was not many spectators on route although it wasn't an issue with it being a 10k. Lovely back drop of the cathedral to start was lovely and the route showcased someovely architectural buildings so for non locals it was a lovely way to show off what Liverpool has to offer.It was a very sunny 22 degrees (not a lot the organisers can do about that) so I think some people may be sporting some interesting tan lines later.The course was slightly more undulating than I expected but it felt more so because of the heat. A lot more spectators around the finish line and then nicely organised lines for tshirt collection. Great that your bib said your size so no worries about running out of sizes.The medal is fab, a big glittery trophy definitely socres points in the bling stakes! Overall a really friendly event and only wish I could have stayed on to enjoy the bands amd sunshine in the park!
Matt Davies (The race organisor) is sensational. The sheer effort put into the race for the runners, by the organisors is nothing short of incredible. The route is beautiful (Sefton Park), the crowds are huge (support) and the drinks stations are plentiful. I was so close to a PB (12 seconds off) that it made me physically sick with the heat but as soon as it was over it was very easy to get back into the swing of the post race fun at the park.The medal is wonderful and very cleverly designed. I will be racing again next year for sure.
A friend of mine had entered this race but had to pull out through injury. She offered me the place and the process of changing the details was faultless. I arrived early in Liverpool and found a place to park on a side street, then I walked the 2 minutes into Sefton Park - this place is huge!! From the gardens to water fountains, this is a nice place. And the weather was perfect... Blue sky and sunshine all the way! As we gathered on the start line, the music was playing and the atmosphere was great, really friendly. Off we went, I didn't know what to expect as I've not run it before. This may sound daft, but it had the feel of Central Park in New York.... A huge park, with gardens, water features and running trails, surrounded by houses and hotels that are obviously worth a few quid!!! The support was brilliant, locals out enjoying the sun and at least 5 bands on the route that I can remember. As we finished back in Sefton Park, we collected our tshirts and medals and enjoyed the sun. The ONLY criticism about the race is that they run out of large tshirts, although you requested your size upon entering. They admitted this was a mistake when ordering and it was rectified after the event. All in all, a great 10k and one I would do again