Liverpool Half Marathon
Yes, 2020 will be a very special year for the Liverpool Half Marathon as it will be 26th staging of the event which dates back to 1994. The event has come a long way during that time and has been held on a variety of courses over the years.
Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!
Brief History of Running
Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.
Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.
How to get started in running events
Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.
Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.
Running Races Near Me
There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;
Fun Runs | 5K Runs | 10K Runs | Half Marathons | Marathons
Top Running Events in 2020
We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.
The Liverpool Half Marathon Course
The event date for 2020 will be Sunday 15th March.
The 13.1 mile course has evolved dramatically over the last four years or so with the start and finish moving to the Pier Head area for the first time in 2013.
It is predominantly flat with a short, sharp incline just after the 1 mile point at Upper Parliament Street and a run along Princes Road, Devonshire Road, Belvidere Road and then a right turn off Ullet Road toward Sefton Park. where runners enjoy the natural beauty of Sefton Park taking in both the external roads and internal park pathways.
A section along Croxteth Drive passing the cricket club and allotments was re-introduced in 2013 to ensure the accuracy of the course and with the event being UKA Licensed an accurate 13.1 mile is guaranteed.
At the bottom of Sefton Park runners will pass through a main road underpass to access Otterspool Park and then Otterspool Promenade as they head back toward the city centre at around 9 miles.
The promenade section takes in the Liverpool Marina along the way with runners following a four mile stretch back to the finish line, passing the Liverpool Arena at just after 12 miles. In the last mile runners pass the rear of the Albert Dock, behind the Tate Liverpool and cross the dock bridge just by the Liverpool Museum at 13 miles.
There are four water stations along the course at approximately 3, 6, 9 and 12 miles as well as the finish and toilets are located at Park Road (about half a mile), the six mile point on Mossley Hill Drive and in between Otterspool Park and Otterspool Promenade.