The 300 runners competing in this year’s BTR Liverpool’s Tour of Merseyside (TOM) have reached the halfway mark in their six-race journey. Now in its third year, the tour sees competitors tackle a 52 mile challenge across six separate locations in Merseyside.
Sunday’s Southport Half Marathon kick-started the Tour, where the 300 hopefuls were guests of fellow race organisers Vital Events. Despite seriously warm conditions, each of the tour members completed the first leg. This was followed by a 6-mile multi-terrain race on Monday evening (6 July) across the beach and through the woods at Thurstaston in Wirral, while Tuesday saw the runners embark on a 10-mile race along the cycle paths of the Sustrans trail in Walton.
The half-way point sees double TOM winner Anthony Taylor in the lead overall having taken first place in all three races, followed by first-time entrant Terence Forrest from Cairngorm Runners, who has taken second place in each race so far. Holding on to third place is Slava Osipovs, who is taking part for the third year running.
In the women’s competition, last year’s winner, Jenny Clague, has opened up a lead over newcomer Natasha Sheel from Serpentine RC, with Gillian Verdin from Liverpool Running Club in third position. The final three legs will see the field visit Hale Village for a 5 miles race tonight (Thursday, 9 July), 6 miles cross country in Knowsley tomorrow (Friday, 10 July), and the final 12 miles in New Brighton on Saturday (11 July).
BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented: “This year’s event is throwing up some fantastic individual competitions along the way, which everyone is enjoying watching play out throughout the week. The Tourists are really supporting each other during each race, it’s fantastic to see. We’re looking forward to seeing what the rest of the Tour brings.”