Blue Runnings

Race Reviews, GPX files and more from North-East England

Well, we’re here!

on 13 June 2015

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I am attempting a blog post on my tablet, we shall see how long before I get annoyed with the touchscreen keyboard and bail out!

We finally made it to our hotel in Liverpool. For one of the biggest cities in the country the road access is awful! We came in on the A59 and it couldn’t seem to make up its mind whether it wanted to be 1 lane or 2, road markings were optional and bus lanes were there to be ignored, sometimes even by the buses! The cars seemed to go where they wanted at whim, but we managed to make it to the quayside eventually!

My Dad will love this bit – we’d gotten this far navigating just by road signs but couldn’t spot the hotel so pulled into a side road to plug the address into the sat nav, but it hasn’t had the maps updated in yonkels and didn’t know where it was. We turned to my new phone, and it turns out I still have no idea how to work the maps app, but we did manage to use the browser and google maps to get directions! Turns out the hotel was on the island on the other side of the wharf thing, over a bridge at any rate! About 2 mins from us and with a convenient car park right next door. Even that was completely lacking in give way signs with people just going where they pleased!

The hotel room, or suite as I should say, is really nice – cost a small fortune with the popularity of the area this weekend for the marathon etc., but it’s right on the start line and very comfortable. We’re staying in the Staybridge Suites, which are actually like hotel-apartment hybrids: someone still comes to do room service and they do breakfast in the mornings,  but there’s no room service and you get your own kitchen!

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We’re currently parked up on the bed watching The Hobbit on the TV 🙂

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We went to an Indian restaurant for dinner – East Z East which is a very nice North-East chain. Dinner was lovely but quite pricey! Definitely well fed for the evening!

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As you can see, I quite enjoyed it!

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I guess I’m about as ready as I’ll ever be! At least I only have to fall out of bed in the morning to get to the start line! Wish me luck!

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