2 Jul

Merseyside Welcomes New Tourists

Tour of MerseysideBTR Liverpool’s unique event, the Tour of Merseyside, kicks off this Sunday (6 July) with more than 200 runners set to embark on the week long challenge. The multi-event takes a tour of the county with six races over seven days, covering an impressive 52 miles at Southport, Walton, Wirral and Knowsley, as well as Hale.

The first BTR Tour Of Merseyside took place in July 2013, with 73 runners – or Tourists – being the first to complete the inaugural event. This time round, the number of entries has almost tripled. Runners unable to commit to the full week are again welcome to sign up as guest entries to take part in individual events during the week.

The 2014 challenge begins with the Southport Half Marathon on Sunday and finishes with a 12 mile Wirral Coastal run the following Saturday (13 July). Last year’s winning male and female, Anthony Taylor and Hayley Winder, will defend their titles. At the end of the last race the Tourists, guest runners, and spectators will then gather for a celebration event at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion Theatre to mark their special achievement.

BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented: "The BTR Tour Of Merseyside really has captured the imagination of runners. I’m delighted with how positively the event has been received for the second successive year. Six races over seven days covering 52 miles is no mean feat."

“Last year’s runners totally embraced the overall experience. Many of them had never taken on such a challenge, but they went away with great memories and new running friends who had all experienced this unique event. The camaraderie and support for each other really was incredible to witness.”

Full details of the 7 day tour are available at BTR Liverpool