This weekend marks the busiest so far in 2019 on the northern racing scene, with a number of top events scheduled. The majority of the action will take place in the North West where BTR Liverpool will host the jewel in their crown, the Liverpool Landmarks Half Marathon, at which 6,000 runners are expected to compete.
Merseyside is expecting running fever with the 13.1 mile and accompanying 10 miler both on Sunday (10 March). With an iconic start and finish on the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Pier Head, both races offer a fascinating mix of city centre, waterfront and parkland as a stunning backdrop.
The course showcases the city set against the Three Graces – the Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building, and Port Of Liverpool Building. The course features some of Liverpool’s most famous sights including Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Princes Park, Sefton Park, Otterspool Promenade, Albert Dock Liverpool, and Museum Of Liverpool.
Just a short car journey away, 4,000 runners will be competing in what will only be the second edition of the Chester 10K. After its successful inaugural staging last year, organisers made the decision to double its entry capacity and it certainly seemed to be the right decision with a bumper turnout expected.
Sunday’s course will see runners start near the Northgate Arena and head north-west out of the city along wide roads allowing runners to rapidly settle into race pace. They will then run through the picturesque village of Mollington before returning to finish in the heart of Chester.
In terms of speed, the Chester 10K looks like it will be matched by the super fast Trafford 10K. The race, now under the direction of Run North West after Dave Norman stepped aside, is renowned as one of the fastest courses in the UK and a magnet for elite runners. Last year saw winning times of sub-29 minutes and sub-40 in the men and women’s field respectively, so expect some more top finishes this time round.
Keep an eye out for runABC North’s race reports of the above next week