3 Jun

All Eyes On Tunnel

Mersey Tunnel 2014This Sunday will see BTR Liverpool’s Mersey Tunnel 10K celebrate its 10th anniversary with a sell-out field of 3,200 runners set to take part.  After positive feedback, the point to point course will be the same as last year, starting in Blackstock Street in Liverpool City Centre and finishing at Ian Fraser Walk in New Brighton, just past Perch Rock and the Marine Lake.

Known for its unique setting, the Tunnel has seen its stock consistently rise since it was first staged in 2006. The 2014 race saw Tarus Elly take first position in a time of (31:16)m 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.

As with last year, competitors will be able to enjoy a modified finish point at Ian Fraser Walk behind the Marine Point retail park. This means runners will continue along the full length of the promenade and then pass on to the public highway at Marine Promenade, past the Floral Pavilion and along the lake pathway before leading into the closing stretch of the course.

This year’s participants include a married couple from Australia – Jim and Sue Beisty, aged 81 and 76, respectively. Originally from Bootle, the couple now live in New South Wales and are visiting the UK for six weeks, spending four weeks with family and friends in Liverpool and Wirral. During their trip, Jim has already taken part in the Princes and Croxteth Parkruns and the Liverpool Running Club Walton Park 5 Mile.

Jim ran in the BTR Liverpool Half Marathon last year while on holiday in Liverpool just weeks after his 80th birthday. But due to extreme weather conditions, he was unable to finish and retired from the race with just one mile to go. He has since developed friendships with local runners via social media and is looking forward to meeting them and also completing the Tunnel race with Sue and collecting with their medals.

One of the youngest runners is 16-year-old Nathan Brady from Liverpool. Nathan usually helps on race days as part of the cadet team, but this time he is taking part and will be running with his dad Eamonn.

Entries for the event are now closed. More event information is available on the BTR Liverpool website