The btrLiverpool half marathon witnessed its largest turnout in its 20 year history with 8,400 entries for the race last Sunday (17 March). Tipton Harriers' Josh Lilly led the field and recorded one of the strongest winning times on record, coming home in 1:06:23.The race was officially started by local life-long wirral runner Eddie Mountford who turns 90 next month. After a long and distinguished career as an amateur runner it was a fitting tribute to start the 2013 event.
The turnout represents an 800 increase on last year's race, with participants from as far afield as Brazil, Canada, and New Zealand. There was a strong Irish contingent present, with many celebrating St. Patrick's day in fancy dress.
As the sun broke through the rain clouds it was Josh Lilly (pictured) who claimed first place ahead of 2012 marathon winner Tomas Abyu (1:07:41) and last year's champion Bartosz Mazerski (1:08:01). Top in the female competition was Bournville Harriers' Linda Howell (1:22:54), with Rachael Tewkesbusy taking second (1:23:39) and Margaret Sykes not far behind in third place (1:24:08).
Alan Rothwell, btr race director, commented: "Its great to see our events programme grow and the half marathon has gone from strength to strength. The feedback from the runners today has been very positive and that's the important part, that they enjoy it. It's been a great day."
On the continuing success of the event, Alan added: "We welcome new runners and its our aim this year to encourage more people to 'get going,' with the introduction of new events as well as to encourage more people to have a go at the more challenging races."
Results of btrLiverpool half marathon are available here. Entries for the 2014 race are now open, and you can register on the event website.