10 Jun

Sunshine For Sell-Out Tunnel 10K

Mother and daughter celebrate after running Mersey Tunnel 10K

A sell-out field at the BTR Liverpool Mersey Tunnel 10K - organisers had to turn away runners once the 3,200 entry limit had been reached - gathered in Blackstock Street, in Liverpool city centre on Sunday (7 June). Runners then made their way into the Kingsway Wallasey Tunnel to run underneath the River Mersey – the most challenging and unique part of the race. This is the only time runners can actually run underneath the River Mersey.

After emerging from the tunnel in bright conditions, the runners progressed along the picturesque Wirral waterfront from Seacombe, past the Fort Perch Rock landmark and Marine Lake, before arriving at the finish area on Ian Fraser Walk in New Brighton.

The overall winner was Taurus Ely from Salford Harriers in 32:35 – who has now won the BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K for three successive years and the first female finisher was Kirsty Longley from Liverpool Pembroke Sefton Harriers in 37:58 .

The race attracted runners from across the country, as well as others who travelled from Scotland and Ireland to participate. But the furthest journey was made from Australia by Jim and Sue Beisty, aged 81 and 76. The couple completed the race and were delighted to collect their commemorative medals and T-shirts. Jim’s time was 1:29:43 and Sue finished in 1:40:28.

It was a special day for Janet Quarry from Birkenhead – she chose to celebrate her 60th Birthday by taking part in the race with her daughter Lauren. Janet’s time was 1:13:25 – and she has taken part in all 10 BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K events.

BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell said: “Each year we think the Tunnel 10K cannot get any better – but it really does. It’s such a unique event and the runners really do embrace the challenge of the Kingsway Tunnel. When we brought the event back in 2006 at the request of Mersey Tunnels as a BTR race, we had no idea it would grow each year and become so popular.”

The next event in the BTR calendar is a new event for 2015 and is just for youngsters. The fun run series offers a choice of three distances – 1K, 2K and 3K – and takes place at New Brighton, Wirral, on Sunday, 28 June. Visit the BTR Liverpool website for more details.

Photo: Janet Quarry and daughter Lauren (courtesy Paul Francis Cooper)