Rock ‘N’ Roll Liverpool Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Sat 25th May 2019
Britannia Vaults, 115 The Colonnades, Liverpool L3 4AB, UK

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Tickets £12–£50, charity places available

Run through the streets of Liverpool in races ranging from 1 mile to the marathon. Perfect for runners of all levels, with a few hills and a pleasant run along the river foreshore. Come to soak up some Beatles nostalgia in the home of rock 'n' roll.
  • Road
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt

From the organizer

Organizer's website

Race through the city where Rock laid its Roots! Walk or run in the steps of the Beatles, and let the beat go on as you discover Liverpools rock/ pop history along your marathon or half marathon journey.

Distances in this event

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    10:00am Sun 26th May 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    9:00am Sun 26th May 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  3. 5k

    Run 5km
    9:30am Sat 25th May 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  4. 1 Mile

    Run 1mi
    1:00pm Sun 26th May 2019
    Tickets available
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What’s Included

Registration Notes:

  • There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION for the Marathon & Half Marathon distances.
  • Posted packet option: UK residents who register for the Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K before 15 April can have their packet posted for a fee of £3. All International participants and UK residents that register after 15 April will need to pick up their race packs during packet pickup on 18-19 May. All 1 Mile bibs must be picked up at packet pickup on 18-19 May or near the start line on 20 May.
  • Online Registration Closes: Sunday, 20 May 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Participant Perks

  • Scenic Course
  • Live, Local Bands on Course
  • Spirited Cheer Squads on Course
  • Technical Participant T-Shirt
  • Exclusive Finisher Medal
  • Gear Bag
  • Plentiful Course Support
  • A Beer at the Finish Line Festival
  • Admission to the Finish Line Festival and Post-Race Concert
  • Admission to the Two-Day Health and Fitness Expo
Raceday Logistics

Packet Pickup

Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Race Packs

RUNFIT Expo & Packet Pickup
Exhibition Centre Liverpool

  • Friday 18th – 13:00 to 19:00
  • Saturday 19th – 8:00 to 17:00
    • Only 5K number pick up is available from 8:00am to 10:00am.
  • Will be mailed to all UK residents who register before 15 April and choose to have their packet posted.
  • All International runners who register after 15 April will need to pick up their race packs during at packet pickup on 18-19 May.
  • There is no packet pickup on race day for the Marathon or Half Marathon.
  • Packet pick up will also be available for 5K runners on Saturday morning.

Race Rules

  • Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.
  • Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, you may not give or sell your race number to anyone else, and you may not transfer your entry fee to future races.
  • If you attempt to sell your race number, you may be banned from future Competitor Group events for three years.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to participate in the Marathon and 17 years old to participate in the Half Marathon.  You must be 11 years old to participate in the 5K.  There is no minimum age for the 1 mile fun run.
  • You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of a Marathon or Half Marathon.
  • You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
  • You must pick up your own race packet and race number at the Running & Endurance Show.
  • Race numbers are required to participate.
  • No coaches, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers or dogs will be allowed on the course.
  • Overall winners will not qualify for their age group category awards.

Baggage/Gear Check

Before you enter your assigned corral, drop-off your pre-race/post-race clothing and belongings at the Baggage Check. While you run, your personal items will be held at Baggage Check.

You may leave a small bag at the Baggage Area (or ‘Gear Check’ as we call it in America) during the race. This is situated inside the Echo Arena. You may use a small bag of your own. The maximum size for bags is 50cm x 30cm x 20cm. This is smaller than an airline cabin bag – the size of a small backpack – larger bags will not be accepted.

On race morning, please affix your baggage check tag (on the bottom portion of your race number) to your bag with the tie provided, before leaving it at the Baggage Area. Baggage will be open from 7:30am until 4:30pm. Please reclaim your bag by 4:30pm on race day.

Please DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewellery in your bag. The event is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Wave Start

In an effort to provide every one of our participants with as comfortable a run as possible, a Wave Start will be incorporated in most Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events.

Participants are assigned to an appropriate corral based on the projected finishing time submitted on their entry form. Typically, there are multiple waves assigned to several of the finishing times. All spectators should be aware of this when organizing their viewing schedule for the day.

  • When the gun fires, the first corral will be released. The rest of the participants will be held at the start line.
  • At pre-determined intervals the next corral will be released.
  • By using this staggered starting method, the pack will be spread out and allow every runner to settle into their racing rhythm from the first step right to the finish line.

Time Limits

To ensure that roads reopen to vehicular traffic at the scheduled times, the course time limits will be STRICTLY ENFORCED. Participants must maintain a pace faster than the course time limits in order to complete the race on closed city streets. A cut-off location will be enforced on the course; runners or walkers who do not reach the cut-off location by this time will be stopped and shuttled to the finish line area. Please note – this is timing tag time, not gun time. Course time limits begin when the last participant and Tail Vehicle cross the start line.

If a participant’s pace falls below the course time limit, they have a few options:

  • Increase their pace to stay within the event minimum pace;
  • Board a “sag wagon” shuttle to move forward on the course, where they may continue to participate in the event, maintaining the minimum pace required; or
  • If the participant cannot continue, they may board a sag wagon to be dropped off at the next shuttle location, at a nearby medical station. The participant will be seen by a Medical Team captain to be cleared for the medical shuttle to transport the participant to the finish line.

Course Support

There are 11 hydration stations on the marathon course and 5 on the half marathon course.

All have bottled water, some have Lucozade sport drink and some have carb gels.

Toilets are available at every hydration station.

There are 9 First aid stations around the course – some of which are passed twice at different stages in the race.

Pace groups offered include:

Marathon  3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, 5:30

Half Marathon – 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30; 2:45

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Reviews (77)

4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    Amazing. My first marathon, brilliant course through the city centre taking in football stadiums & parks along the way. I'll be back in 2019.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2015

    This was a great fun event, really enjoyed it and the music really kept me going!
  • Did the event in 2018

    Tough run in the heat meant a slow time- plenty of drink stations and well manned helped.

    The course was well planned and easy to follow with plenty marahals and supporters alonf the route.

    I juat wish the promenade was shorted as it was never ending.

    As always an amazing medal and great entertainment after.

  • Did the event in 2018

    Excellent mainly flat course with live bands and an amazing atmosphere throughout, with a free beer and great bling
  • Did the event in 2018

    Only done the half due to injury and not having no training in so all in all its a home run its a route that my club run occasionally every Wednesday so its a Dockside runners race as we call It crowds, water station, spectators, and the route was fantastic the bands OK no over Impressed the finish was brilliant loads of crowds cheering you it's a tear jerker, I enjoyed it so much I booked the full for 2019 weather was glorious would recommend but its a great race so i don't really have to recommend.
  • Did the event in 2018

    Rock and roll man.I think this race did not live upto the name and hype of the event the bands were poor and quiet the route was a pain everytime you hit your stride then bam another hill andni enjoy hills. Crowd support was poor in the latter miles and running the mersey was a horrible borung mund numbing finish .
  • Did the event in 2018

    In all honesty, although I had a great time and hey completed my first marathon, personally I don't think it was as good as all of the hype. I have no doubt that it was amazing for thise who completed up to around 4 hours but for those of us at the back it was a pretty poor show.Not the fastest runner but finished within the cut off time and have to say dissapointed was an understatement. Whilst running the course the bands had either finished playing or had started to pack away. No music at the time when it was needed the most.The crowds were fab at the beginning of the run however by the time we had got round there was barely anyone in sight. Not the fault of the oraginsers of course. It cannot be helped.Marshalls and water stations were ace. Shame the gels had run out at some of the stations though as stupidly I didn't take extra.The route itself was brilliant. Running through Anfield staduim and around Liverpool was great. The weather was hot, a little too hot but can't complain when the sun is shining.The mini festival at the finish was... well I cannot comment really as it was over before we arrived. The headliner was on at 14.00 which only gived you 4 hours to get back if you want to see it. Certainly not Rock N Roll I'm afraid.Free beer at the end was a bonus and the T-shirt was great (get's lots of use)All in all, I was not really very impressed and would not recommend it to anyone who is slower than 4 hours as otherwise you miss everything!This is just my opinion however and I did have a great day. There are plenty of faster people who I have spoken to or those who did the half marathon who said it was such an amazing day.
  • Did the event in 2018

    Plenty of pre race info by email and a quick bib pack pick up and race shirt collection on Friday afternoon. Expo seemed well stocked and busy but i don't bother with them personally.Excellent baggage drop set up in the spacious Exhibition CentreRace started late, same as last year, due to the half talking longer to get started...i find this very annoyingVaried course through the City passing various iconic landmarks (and Goodison Park), some nice parks and residential areas with a "marmite" 3 mile stretch along Otterspool Prom near the finishCrowd support is mixed with great numbers at the start and finish, but non existant in some parts. Very well supported by volunteers and marshals with local running clubs manning some aid stations and local bands dotted around the courseCould do with a bag to put the wide variety of goodies in at the end, carrying bananas, bottles,crisps etc is difficult without a bag when you're knackered.Fantastic quality medal(s) ... i qualified for the additional Encore medal having run in 2017.Poor quality tech-shirt.Over priced race photosIt's a great atmosphere and i'll be back in 2109 probably to do the Half
  • Did the event in 2018

    This race came highly recommended - and I would certainly recommend it. I entered the Marathon on the Sunday, but there is a half marathon option with a 5k on he Saturday.As the title suggests, the race is based around music. Every few miles on the course, there was a band or DJ playing - this certainly helped towards the end of the race. The Marathon started at Albert Dock and headed out of town towards the football grounds. A lap of Goodison Park before a run through Stanley Park towards Anfield. You got to run through Anfield along the concourse and even had the opportunity to get a photo overlooking the pitch. The route went back into town and ran by the Cavern Club and then took in Penny Lane. Following a route which took in parks and main roads, we headed towards the Mersey and the final 4 miles to the finish. If you were a bit quicker than me, (6 hrs), you would get to see a concert at the finish line, but the atmosphere was still great.This is a fantastic event and one to return to!
  • Did the event in 2018

    Deciding on which marathon to choose as my first having not got into London I read a few reviews and decided Liverpool would be the one and I wasn't disappointed.It was very well organised from the beginning. I received my racepack in the post but I still went to the expo on Saturday afternoon, which was nice to start getting into the spirit of things and pick up my t-shirt.On race-day it was incredibly warm but there was enough space on the course to not make it crowded and plenty of water & aid stations along the way. All the marshalls and volunteers were great. The crowd support was sparse in areas but that was to be expected and it didn't matter as you had bands playing at regular intervals. Everyone, runners, marshalls, volunteers were all very friendly and I found myself running with a smile on my face for most of the race no matter how much my legs hurt. The route went up to Goodison Park and through Anfield stadium which was a nice touch, before heading back into town and out to Sefton Park. I found the park one of the hardest parts as it felt so warm but it was a lovely place to run. After running around the park you make your way back to the prom for the 'finishing straight' which is about 4 miles long, mentally that was tough but when you saw the finish line was lined with so many people cheering you on it was brilliant.Overall it was a great race, the heat definately played its part along with some of the meaner hills but all in all a great race and I will definately be back.

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