The successful launch of the BTR Wirral Half Marathon last October has been recognised with its shortlisting in the Event Of The Year category in the Wirral Tourism Awards 2014. The Half Marathon attracted an impressive field of 1,800 for its first running, with 900 taking part in the BTR Wirral 10K.
The double bill attracted close to 2,000 participants from outside the Wirral area and that coupled with great public response to the big autumn race day has led to the Tourism Awards nomination.
Starting from the historic Birkenhead Park, the 13.1-mile half marathon route featured key Wirral landmarks, including a beach section near Leasowe Castle and part of New Brighton Promenade.
Alan Rothwell, race director at BTR Liverpool, commented: “We are delighted that the BTR Wirral Half Marathon/10K has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Wirral Tourism Awards 2014. This was the first event of its kind, so for it to be named as a finalist in its inaugural year is a huge coup.
“The event attracted a huge cross-section of runners, from experienced runners chasing a personal best, to those running with friends for personal achievement. We must also make mention of the dedicated marshals, volunteers and spectators who all brought colour to the event.
“We look forward to building on the success of last year’s event by creating a headline autumn event for Wirral – people are already signing up for the 2014 event.”
BTR Liverpool will now go through to the next stage of independent judging. Winners will be announced at the Wirral Tourism Awards 2014 dinner, which takes place on 2 April at the Floral Pavilion Theatre & Conference Centre in New Brighton.
The 2014 BTR Wirral Half Marathon/10K is set for Sunday 12 October. Go to the BTR website to find out more about the big Wirral autumn double header.