The Mersey Tunnel 10K took little time in adjusting to its new autumn scheduling with over 2,000 runners competing at Sunday’s (1 October) race. This was the first time the event had taken place other than in summer, yet the field were treated to some fine weather conditions and witnessed a new course record by Liverpool Pembroke’s Kirsty Longley.
One of the key events in the BTR Liverpool portfolio, the 10k saw runners move from Blackstock Street through the Kingsway Tunnel, on to the Seacombe waterfront and along to New Brighton. After taking in Fort Perch Rock and the Marine Lake, participants completed the race with a grandstand finish along Ian Fraser Walk at New Brighton.
Longley, first in last month’s Wirral 10K, seems to shine at the BTR events and set a sizeable course record of 36:49, close to 70 seconds quicker than the previous time. Phillipa Williams took second in 38:24, with Carmel Triggs, top at the recent Whistle Stop Tour of Wirral, in third place (39:39).
Mersey Tri’s Ian Lawton followed up his second place showing at Penny Lane Striders’ 10K with a comfortable victory in 33:30. Dan Morgan (34:53) and Ciaran Gavin (36:10) were in second and third place.
In addition to witnessing a course record, the 10k also played host to some fantastic performances from super vets. Four runners, Dorothy Fairhurst (75), Leslie Holmes (76), Ronnie Jones (80) and BTR favourite Eddie Naisby (89) all finished the race in times ranging between 1:05 – 1:17.
Race director Alan Rothwell commented: “Well done to everyone who took on the challenge of running through the Mersey Tunnel – its 12th consecutive year. We had an excellent turn-out of more than 2,000 runners, and we were extremely fortunate with the weather conditions. Congratulations to Kirsty Longley on setting a new female course record, excellent running and well done.”