The second staging of the BTR Tour of Merseyside has passed the midway point with last year’s winner Anthony Taylor and Jenny Clague narrowly in the lead. 166 tourists are aiming to complete the 52 mile challenge, which finishes with the Wirral Coastal Run on Saturday (12 July).
After three legs, the field has completed 29 miles by taking part in the Southport Half Marathon (13.1 miles); a multi-terrain at Thurstaston covering beach, trail and part of the Wirral Way cycle paths (6 miles); and the Sustrans cycle paths loopline from Walton Hall Park (10 miles).
Salford Harriers’ Anthony Taylor leads in the men’s race in a total time of 2:48:49 with Gareth Howell in second 2:54:01 and Slava Osipovs in third (2:54:27). In the women’s competition, Jenny Clague (3:08:43) has a 12 minute lead over Alex O’Brien (3:20:31) with Sharom Samon in third (3:24:54).
Race director Alan Rothwell commented on the tour so far: “The field has more than doubled this year and it’s generating quite a few friendly competitions between small groups of runners across all levels. But there’s always a lot of smiles and hand-shaking at the end of each race.
“We have runners of all abilities, including James Hughes, who is a blind and is being guided by his dad, John Courtney. This is what makes the Tour so special – a challenge of 52 miles across six events over seven days is no mean feat.”
More information is available at the btr Liverpool website.