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BTRLiverpool Race

Merseyside is an area brimming with running activity.  One of the most striking features is the nice blend of club and national races, with some superbly organised local events - such as the Grand Tour of Merseyside organised by local stalwarts BTR Liverpool - sitting alongside the more urban, large-scale runs.

BTR Liverpool is at the heart of the Merseyside race calendar - their events start in March with Liverpool Half Marathon, now part of the prestigious national Vitality Run series, and continue with the Port Sunlight 10K/5K, the Tunnel 10K, the Grand Tour and the Wirral Half/10K before concluding in full technicolour with the hugely popular Santa Dash.

As well as the big BTR events, Merseyside is also home to the recently launched Rock N Roll Marathon, an unsurprising choice of location given Liverpool’s unique musical heritage. For those looking for a less daunting challenge parkrun, the free weekly 5k at Princes Park, is worth a try and for the ladies the Race for Life series is well-represented in the area with events at Aintree racecourse, Sefton Park, Birkenhead Park and Victoria Park (Southport).

Our overview includes a visit to Crosby Stormers, an all-ladies running group, started from a small ad in their local paper, the Stormers are now 50 and counting.  Founded on the principles of getting fit, raising confidence and self-esteem, the Stormers’ success has a heart-warming tale at its core.

We chat to England international Kirsty Longley about Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton, and find a club who likes to take their running seriously.  A merger of two clubs that were formed in the late 19th century, the club boasts a rich heritage that its members are clearly proud of.

As every runner knows, the impediment to success is more often than not niggling injuries. Perform, the physical recovery arm of Spire Healthcare in Liverpool, are on hand to aid rehabilitation with their AlterG treadmill.  The clinic prides itself on providing rehab for both the general public and professional athletes.

Check out some of what Merseyside has to offer to runners below.


The best way to improve your running - join one of the region's active running clubs.


A friendly introduction to running with other people.


Where can you find local physiotherapy, sports massage & other services for runners.


Running retailers in the region.