The second day of April will see Merseyside transformed into a mass of eager runners primed to tackle what is one of the premium events in the north west of the country, the BTR Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon. While entry for the 10 Miler is now full, registration for the 13.1 mile race remains open with a fwe places still available.
One of the big attractions for the half is a superb course that takes in the Albert Dock, the Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral and Sefton Park Palm House and features a 3-mile home straight along Otterspool Promenade back to the finish at the iconic Pier Head.
This appeal has resulted in the half drawing in an international field throughout a history that stretches back almost a quarter of a century. That combined with the fact the race has the local running community at its core, creates a fantastic and unique atmosphere.
2016 saw the field enjoy perfect racing conditions with many taking advantage of the weather to record impressive times: Michelle Nolan set a new course record in the female competition, while male champion Dejene Gezimu narrowly missed out on a similar feat.
As ever, those who take part on Sunday 2 April can look forward to the some vociferous Mersey support, an iconic course and the chance to set an early spring PB. Registration is available via BTR Liverpool’s website.