The north west will welcome its biggest half marathon this Sunday (29 March) with over 6,200 runners expected to toe the line at Pier Head, Liverpool. Now part of the Vitality Run Series, the event is a cornerstone of the BTR Liverpool portfolio and will celebrate its 22nd anniversary this weekend.
The Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon will start and finish at the city’s Pier Head at the iconic Liverpool Waterfront, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The route will also take runners past some of the city’s key landmarks including Albert Dock, Museum Of Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral, Sefton Park Palm House and Otterspool Promenade
Like previous years, the field is comprised of runners hailing from far and wide, with Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Isle of Man, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America, all represented.
The Liverpool race brings the first year of the Vitality Run Series to a close and marks the first year in a three-year sponsorship agreement. BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented on the partnership: “The Liverpool Half Marathon is the most established race of its kind in the North West, and we are delighted to now be part of the national Vitality Run Series to further grow and develop the event.”
On the iconic route the half marathon boasts, Alan added: “Being able to start and finish the race on a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a major attraction for runners, especially for those taking part for the first time or travelling from around the world. As the runners turn onto the home straight and head towards the finish – under the gaze of the iconic Liver Birds – that is one of the most special feelings that runners will ever experience in a race.”
Brooks, the footwear, apparel and accessories specialist, is an official race partner, and all finishers receive a bespoke medal and a commemorative Brooks T-shirt, and goody bag.