With little more than a month until race day, organisers of the btr Liverpool Half Marathon have announced that the 21st staging of the event looks set to be its biggest yet with 7,000 already registered. The race, which is scheduled for Sunday 23 March, is expected to draw in a field of 9,000 competitors.
Event director Alan Rothwell told northernrunningguide.com: “The 21st Liverpool Half Marathon is shaping up the be biggest in the 20 year history with entries coming in from as far away as Brazil and Canada. With a start and finish on the spectacular World Heritage Site on the Liverpool waterfront it's not surprising the event has become the biggest independent half marathon in the north of England.”
The course takes runners out of the city from Canada Boulevard and Mann Island past the Anglican Cathedral and Parliament Street (the only real hill in the race) up to Sefton Park. Once through the scenic part of the course around the park, runners head through Otterspool Park to then turn back toward the city at Otterspool Promenade.
Passing through the Liverpool Marina then past the Liverpool Arena, runners come alongside the Albert Dock and Liverpool Museum before hitting a wall of sound at the finish area right under the gaze of the Liver Birds.
Standard registration is priced at £32 (£30 for UKA affiliated member, or £29 for btr member). Interested runners have been encouraged to enter by 5pm today (Friday 7 February) to ensure their name is on their bib for race day.
For more information, visit the btr Liverpool website.