Almost 7,000 participants took part in the inaugural BT Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & Half Marathon with runners enjoying perfect running conditions throughout the day. Blackburn Harriers’ Ben Fish took top place on Sunday, finishing in 2:25:20, with Lucy Collins first in the female field.
The race began at the Albert Dock, one of the most visited attractions in the UK and a World Heritage Site, and finished along the waterfront. Live bands and cheering spectators lined both race courses, concluding with a celebratory finish line festival and concert headlined by The Farm and The Christians.
Fish, second in March’s Hastings Half Marathon, secured a convincing victory ahead of Terence Forrest (2:41:13), with Mark Clarehugh in third place (2:43:16). Fish later tweeted: “1st in #rnrliverpool 2hr25, solid, would have been two mins faster had calf not seized up. On it goes to the next race.”
In the women’s competition, Lucy Collins finished first in 3:06:35, with April Morgan second (3:15:47) and Caroline Linares third (3:17:49). Simon Newton from Ackworth won the half marathon in 1:14:29, while Liverpool’s Emma Palmer won the women’s race in 1:25:46.
Rob Griffiths, race director, said: “Today demonstrated that Liverpool is a prime destination for a world-class running event. More than 500 runners traveled from all around the world including Australia, Brazil and Russia to experience Liverpool’s rich history and culture. We look forward to continuing to grow this race next year and beyond.”
Next year’s race is scheduled for 14 June. For more information, visit the event website.