New Brighton was awash with childish joy on Sunday (28 June) as 300 youngsters took part in a new fun run series. The series, hosted by BTR Liverpool, included 1K, 2K and 3K runs staged on The Dips on Coastal Drive at the seaside resort.
The event attracted youngsters of all ages, from toddlers aged one up to the age of 14-year-old, some of whom were accompanied throughout the run by their parents. Participants included youngsters in fancy dress, a group from Lydiate Primary School, and a team of Mini Milers from running club Kirkby Milers.
The day also included a group from Chernobyl, aged between eight and 13-years-old, who completed the 1K fun run. The children are from Belarus, which received 70% of the radioactive fall-out from the explosion in 1986. Their trip has been organised by the Wirral branch of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, and they are staying with host families across Wirral for a month’s respite.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell added: “We already stage two popular children’s 1K fun runs as part of our Liverpool Santa Dash and a race day at Port Sunlight, but this is the first event we have organised just for youngsters. The Dips proved an ideal and safe environment to stage the event.
“It was fantastic and encouraging to see the next generation of runners thoroughly enjoy themselves, especially when they were presented with their medals and T-shirts. We feel it’s important to give young people their own platform as an introduction to the sport, giving them their very own chance to shine.”
A full video of the BTR Kids events, which has been approved for media use, is available here.
Next in the BTR calendar is the 52-mile Tour Of Merseyside (5-11 July), which comprises six races across seven days at locations including Southport, Thurstaston and Hale Village.