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

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  • (This event has been postponed until October 24th 2020)
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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.

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10 Reviews
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Jackie H
"First time doing this half marathon, atmosphere really good with music at..."


Avril W
"My first time at this event. I also ran the 5k and one mile. It was a great..."


Ben Y
"Great family event with lots of music and a good course, poor weather made it..."
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Rock ‘N’ Roll Liverpool Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K routes

Event Details

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
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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

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

Light rain in the morning and afternoon.

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Icon70% chance of rain
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 10mph

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Where runners of all levels come to crank up the volume and let the music carry them through miles of heart-pounding sweat. Where individual journeys join together to share life-changing moments and create life-lasting memories.



Rock ‘N’ Roll Liverpool Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K reviews (10)

4.8 out of 5 stars

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    Stephen A

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    A great fun run around Liverpool with live music every mile and a good festival feel at the end with more live music. Also fab medals.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great family event with lots of music and a good course, poor weather made it slightly harder than it should have been but all in all very enjoyable
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    I am so happy I did it, but I won’t do it again next year
    After 22 miles the promenade almost destroyed me. It’s a horrendous final stretch of a marathon with nothing to keep your mind switched on apart from the River Mersey (yawn). Add to that the horrendous 35mph headwind (last year was blisteringly hot), and I wouldn’t put myself through that again in 2020.

    Someone from my club found this picture online which I think sums it up well

    So, if you hear me talking about signing up over the next few months do me a favour, point me back to this blog and paragraph and tell me to read it before making a decision.

    Although, if you haven’t done it before it’s a great course with lots of support, and music for most of the route. Just be warned that the prom is extremely hard work.

  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    My first time at this event. I also ran the 5k and one mile. It was a great course and so well organised! Already booked for next year!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    First time doing this half marathon, atmosphere really good with music at different intervals along the way. Water stations giving out water, energy drinks and gels. A bit windy the last few miles , s good route
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    I did the half marathon for the second time and for the second time I got a PB. The route is hilly and the wind and rain were tough, compared to last year when we had sunshine and it was hot. The city is amazing and people congratulate you and ask questions about the event or look at you in admiration. Loved the bands playing, even if I couldn't stay around to listen. LOL. The other good thing is the refuelling stations, the volunteers and finishing at exhibition centre really helps when you want to get changed and take a bit of a respite from the cold. I will no doubt be doing it again next year.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Well organised and the atmosphere was brilliant. Added to that the music every mile- what more could you want!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2015

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