The city’s oldest road race witnessed what could well have been the toughest racing conditions to date as 3,500 runners braved the cold, wind and hail to compete in the newly titled BTR Liverpool Landmarks Half Marathon. Sunday also saw the fourth staging of the 10 Mile Road Race, which made another step forward with close to 500 competing.
The race was started by Everton FC legend and club ambassador Ian Snodin, who cheered on runners as they crossed the start line. Ian was representing club charity, Everton in the Community. Starters included Stephen Symons, who has taken part each year since the race started in 1994.
As ever, there was a strong international flavour to the race, with participants making the journey from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Jersey, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United States of America.
This was a fitting feature to the race considering its new title of the BTR Liverpool Landmarks Half Marathon – a change made to celebrate the event’s strong links to tourism and showcasing the city and destination to visiting runners.
The course featured some of Liverpool’s most famous sights including Liverpool Cathedral, Princes Park, Sefton Park, Otterspool Promenade, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, and Museum Of Liverpool.
Rotherham Harrier Daniel Kestrel claimed first in 1:11:00, with Liverpool Harrier Alistair Rutherford (1:12:55) and Manx Harrier Andrew Barron third (1:15:37). Sheffield RC’s Ellen McLeod was first in the female field in 1:27:46, Eleanor Jones (1:29:47) and Sally Waterworth (1:29:59) were her closest competitors
Southport Waterloo’s Mark Durnham took first in the 10 mile race in 56:06, with Penny Lane Striders’ Liz Turner top female in 1:10:12.
BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell commented: “Wow what a way to start our race portfolio for 2019. Huge congratulations and well done to everyone who took part, in what were some of the worse weather conditions we’ve experienced in the race’s 26-year history.
“10 miles and a half marathon are long distances to run anyway, but in such challenging and testing weather of rain, cold, wind and hail, it’s real testament to the grit and determination of every single runner.
“The race continues to prove popular with overseas runners who want to experience the city combined with a race – and this year we celebrated our increasing number of overseas competitors by introducing the BTR Liverpool Landmarks Half Marathon name.”