4 Apr

All Merry On Merseyside

Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon

Merseyside once again embraced its favourite half marathon with over 4,000 runners competing at Sunday’s event. Former Liverpool FC legends Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Gary McCallister fired the starting gun in a race that saw Dejene Gezimu successfully defend his title, while Michelle Nolan took first in a hotly contested female competition.  

Part of the Vitality Run Series, the Liverpool Half Marathon has now taken place for 24 consecutive years. The field congregated at the waterfront and tackled a course that took in the Albert Dock, the Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral and Sefton Park Palm House.

Liverpool Harrier Gezimu took a commanding lead and never looked to be in trouble as he set a winning time and course record of 1:05:32, giving him his second successive victory and a shiny PB too. Stockport Harrier Andrew Davies took second (1:07:14) and Ben Johnson third (1:08:26).

In the women’s field, Gateshead Harrier Michelle Nolan (1:19:36) secured a marginal one second victory ahead of Wilmslow’s Diane McVey. Elissa Morris, meanwhile, took third in 1:22:49. It was a memorable day for Stephen Symons, who has now competed in every Liverpool Half Marathon.

Sunday also saw the second staging of the BTR Liverpool 10 Miler. It has already proven to be a popular addition with all of the entries snapped up. Mark Dunham was the comprehensive winner in 54:18, while Sarah Carroll led the female field home in 1:06:46.

You can view results of both on our race listings page