The 23rd edition of Liverpool Half Marathon has been confirmed for Sunday 13 March and will once again be supported by Vitality as title sponsor. Now established as the North West’s largest half marathon, the race is expected to attract 9,000 plus runners.
For 2016, organisers have also revealed a series of improvements to the event structure. These include: reduced entry fees and further reductions up to the end of July and then the end of August via early entry sign up option; a special gold mumber competition with 50 free entries available for 2017; the introduction of a new prize structure and a training regime beginning on 1 January in preparation for those competing at London.
The course starts and finishes at the city’s Pier Head at Liverpool Waterfront, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the route taking runners past some of the city’s key landmarks including Albert Dock, Museum Of Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral, Sefton Park Palm House and Otterspool Promenade.
This year’s event saw over 5,000 runners take part despite constant rain. Run Fast’s Paul Martelleti led from the outset and claimed victory in 1:08:00, with Trafford AC’s Tom Charles (1:10:01) following in second and local runner James Toohey of Liverpool RC taking third in 1:11:23. Martelleti’s club-mate Michelle Poulsen secured first in the female competition, crossing the line in 1:21:04.
Entry price until Friday 31 July is priced at just £30, or £28 for UKA affiliated runners. Further registration details are available here.