Over 5,000 Mersey runners braved constant rain at Sunday’s (29 March) BTR Liverpool’s Half Marathon. The race, celebrating its 22nd staging, was the first that has been organised as part of the Vitality Run Series, and saw the Run Fast duo Paul Martelletti and Michelle Poulsen lead their respective fields home.
The course started and finished at the city’s Pier Head at Liverpool Waterfront, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the route taking runners past some of the city’s key landmarks including Albert Dock, Museum Of Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral, Sefton Park Palm House and Otterspool Promenade.
Martelletti, who had taken third place earlier this month at the Surrey Half Marathon, led from the outset and claimed victory in 1:08:00. Trafford AC’s Tom Charles (1:10:01) followed in second, with local runner James Toohey of Liverpool RC taking third in 1:11:23.
The international flavour of the race was symbolised with Danish runner Michelle Poulsen taking first place in the female competition in 1:21:04. Charlotte Mason (1:22:20) and Alex O’Brien (1:22:31) secured second and third place respectively.
Alan Rothwell, BTR Liverpool race director, said after the event: “We’re absolutely thrilled with today’s turnout of more than 5,000 runners who took to the course and gave absolutely everything.” The race also marked a special occasion for Stephen Symons who has taken part in each edition of the BTR Liverpool Half Marathon since it was first staged in 1994. Stephen, who runs with Manchester YMCA, finished the race in just over 2:36.
Next up on the BTR Liverpool calendar is the return of an old favourite, the Hale 5 Mile road race, organised for Sunday 5 April. More information on this event is available here.