The btr Liverpool team has announced an exciting new addition to their portfolio sure to present an enticing challenge for runners this summer. The Tour of Merseyside, beginning on Sunday 7 July, involves taking on six different races over different distances, varying terrain, and all crammed into just seven days.
Over the course of the week, competitors will cover a total of 52 miles, with the winner determined by the runner who has the strongest combined time for all six events. Although the tour has never been staged on Merseyside, Ron Hill completed a similar feat around the Tameside area in 1980.
The competition kicks off with Southport half marathon on 7 July and finishes with the Wirral Coastal Run on 13 July, a 12 mile flat race along the Wirral coast line. The other four events make up the 52 mile total, with the second event in Thurstaton - a six mile race over track, beach, hill and dale - looking particularly challenging.
At the end of the Tour there will be a presentation event in New Brighton (venue to be confirmed) at the conclusion of the Wirral Coastal 12 mile run on the final day. From the second race onwards the leading three runners in both male and female races will wear yellow, vests with 1,2 and 3 on the front to distinguish them in the race environments.
Entries for the tour are set at 300, so any interested runners are encouraged to register. For more information, visit the event website.