Merseyside was bathed in sunshine as it hosted the latest edition of the high octane running event, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon and Half Marathon. Festivities kicked off on Saturday with the 5k before runners competed in the marathon and half marathon (Sunday, 29 May)..
The concept - in which live bands perform at each mile of the route and runners celebrate their accomplishment with a post-race concert at the finish line - has proven to be highly successful with races across many major cities.
Liverpool has clearly taken to the idea with a big entry competing over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend. The respective courses showcased the best of the city and incorporated some of its key landmarks, including the two major football grounds, Anfield and Goodison Park, the Three Graces, Sefton Park and the iconic waterfront.
Leading the field home in the marathon was Robert Pope in a convincing 2:27:14, with Terence Forrest second (2:34:10) and Stuart Hawkes third (2:39:26). Joanne Lynch was the top female competitor in 3:00:53, with Fiona Lynch second (3:11:15) and Alex Cooke third (3:12:09).
In the half, meanwhile, Degene Gezimu (1:09:42) triumphed in a nail-biting finish with Zekeriyas Abery (1:09:42), with Joe Rainsford just a second behind. Helen Sahgal prevailed in the women’s competition in 1:25:17.
As ever, competitors at the event could rely on some musical interludes to keep the motivation levels high throughout the race. The entertainment carried on throughout the day with a full schedule of performers, including headliners Cast who.