Tarus Elly continued what has been a successful 2014 by securing victory at yesterday’s Mersey Tunnel 10K. The unique course - which starts at Blackstock Street in Liverpool City Centre and heads via the Mersey Tunnel to the finish at Ian Fraser Walk in New Brighton - was bathed in sunshine and saw almost 3,000 runners take part.
On a warm day, a light breeze along the Wirral waterfront provided a welcome respite for competitors. This year’s event also saw a slightly modified course with the finish area located to New Brighton.
Elly (31:16), first at last month’s Port Sunlight 10K, finished more than two minutes ahead of second placed Martin Swensson (33:43), with Tom Stevens (33:58) in third position. Liverpool Harriers’ Rachael Burns led the female runners home in 37:56, with Jenny Clague (38:47) following. The mid-point runner finished in 57:37, while the last competitor came home in 1:49:29.
Event director Alan Rothwell commented: “We were delighted with today’s event. Almost 2,800 runners took part in the ninth annual BTR Mersey Tunnel 10k, and we must say a big thank you to Merseytravel who allow us to use the tunnel, which makes the event so unique and a favourite with runners.
Alan continued: “Thank you to all the runners who made this such a special event. The new and improved finish area at New Brighton worked extremely well and provided a brilliant area for spectators.”
The Tunnel 10K is the fourth event in the btrLiverpool’s 2014 calendar following Liverpool Half Marathon and the Port Sunlight 5K/10K. Still to come are the Tour of Merseyside (6-12 July), Wirral Half Marathon/10K (12 October) and the Santa Dash (7 December).
For more information on these, visit the btrLiverpool website.