Runners across the north-west are holding their breath today as hopes rise that Liverpool marathon might be given an 11th hour reprieve following the intervention of city mayor Joe Anderson. The mayor has urged race organisers BtrLiverpool to return to the negotiating table after a dramatic announcement on Friday that the big Merseyside event had been cancelled.
BtrLiverpool boss Alan Rothwell, the inspiration behind the return of the marathon to Liverpool in 2011 after a long absence, decided he had no option but to pull the plug on the October event after council officials had suggested changes to the race route. Council officials wanted to alleviate the impact of the race on Liverpool waterfront roads however a proposal to finish the race on the Wirral, effectively reversing the course route, wasn't acceptable to the BtrLiverpool team. Just 48 hours ago it appeared that the top Merseyside event was set for the scrap-heat.
However after a weekend of online protest and the mayor's intervention, city politicians have decided that both parties should make another attempt to find a satisfactory solution.