This weekend will see btr Liverpool host the first ever Wirral Half Marathon with organisers reporting that interest for the race has far surpassed expectations. Sunday's event, which also includes a 10k, was scheduled following the cancellation of the Liverpool marathon.
A total number of 2,665 entries have been received for Sunday, with 1,742 runners registered for the half marathon and 923 for the 10k. The event is a first for Wirral, although the borough did host the first 12 miles of Liverpool Marathon in 2011 and 2012.
The course will see runners start from Ashville Road and finish on Coastal Drive in what is expected to be a flat and fast course. The 10k route, meanwhile, will be the same as the half marathon up until the Clown Roundabout on King's Parade and will finish at the same location.
Alan Rothwell, race director, said: "It is extremely pleasing that we have achieved our target numbers in year one and with the course being extremely flat from Birkenhead to New Brighton I would think this is a race that will attract increasing numbers each year."
Entries for both events are now closed, although those interested in taking part in a btr Liverpool race can register for this year's Santa Dash. For more information, visit the website.