This weekend’s Liverpool Half Marathon will herald two significant milestones for organisers BTR Liverpool. Sunday’s race sees the 21st anniversary of the half marathon and is the curtain-raiser to BTR’s six-event line-up for the forthcoming year, which also includes the Port Sunlight 10K and the unique Mersey Tunnel 10K.
The upcoming event has attracted runners from 21 different nations, with 8,500 expected to take part. All finishers will receive a special 21st anniversary commemorative medal and long sleeved technical T-shirt. The course takes runners out of the city from Canada Boulevard and Mann Island past the Anglican Cathedral and Parliament Street (the only real hill in the race) up to Sefton Park.
Once through the scenic part of the course around the park, runners head through Otterspool Park to then turn back toward the city at Otterspool Promenade. Passing through the Liverpool Marina then past the Liverpool Arena, runners come alongside the Albert Dock and Liverpool Museum before hitting a wall of sound at the finish area right under the gaze of the Liver Birds.
One runner is travelling especially from Australia to take part is 80-year-old Kenny Beisty. Originally from Bootle, Kenny and wife Sue, who have been married for 56 years, have been planning their trip for a year – all centred round the race. Kenny will be running the BTR Liverpool Half Marathon in his original red and white club vest for Liverpool Pembroke, the club he first ran for in 1952.
Kenny commented: “We’ve been planning our visit for a year now so it’s finally great to be back home for this weekend’s big event to coincide with my 80th birthday. I am really looking forward to it and I’m hoping to get a time of 2 hours 40 minutes.”
“Sunday will be special when our family comes to watch the race, including my brother who is travelling from Canada. Liverpool really is a wonderful city – and it will be fantastic to collect my finisher’s medal on Sunday.”
Look out for northernrunningguide.com’s race report on Monday morning.