4 Sep

Merseysiders set for big Wirral race weekend

Whistle Stop Tourists in 2017

More than 1,500 runners are preparing to pull on their trainers for Wirral’s busiest weekend of racing (Friday 6 – Sunday 8 September). The hat-trick of events – the Wirral 10K, Wirral Half Marathon and Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral – are organised and delivered by Hoylake-based BTR Liverpool and have become a staple of the borough’s sporting calendar.

The weekend kicks off with the three-race series 26-mile, the Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral, which comprises three different distances and terrains over three days. This will be the fifth year of the Wirral Tour event.

The Wirral Tourists begin their challenge at 7pm on Friday (6 September) with a five-mile off-road race in Arrowe Park. This is followed the next morning at 10am with eight challenging multi-terrain miles through Thurstaston Country Park and beach and along the Wirral Way. On Sunday, they join the wider race field to take part in the 13.1-mile Wirral Half Marathon.

The seventh annual BTR Wirral Half Marathon and BTR Wirral 10K start at 9.30am on Sunday from The Dips in New Brighton. This is the third year the 10K and half marathon have started at The Dips. They have previously started at Birkenhead Park but the route was changed due to ongoing traffic works. The new routes have been retained.

After crossing the start line at The Dips, the 10K and half marathon runners will head along the promenade to Seacombe Ferry, before returning to New Brighton passing Fort Perch Rock, along Ian Fraser Walk to the Clown Roundabout.

The 10K runners then finish at Coastal Drive, while the half marathon runners continue towards the Leasowe Lighthouse before also returning to Coastal Drive to cross the finish line.

BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented: “The Wirral race weekend is growing each year, and we’re delighted to welcome Wirral’s Mayor and Mayoress to officially start Sunday’s races. A weekend of consecutive running on challenging terrains is no mean feat but I am sure those taking on the Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral challenge will give each race their all.

“Wirral is a fantastic backdrop for races and I’d encourage residents to come along and cheer on the runners, it makes a huge difference as they clock up those miles and head to the finish line.”

A small number of entries for the upcoming events are available here.