A new race for Hale Village has been announced following the cancellation of the popular Runcorn Bridge run, which is unable to go ahead this year due to ongoing work to develop the new Mersey Gateway crossing. In its place, BTR Liverpool has introduced the Hale Village 5 Mile, scheduled for Easter Sunday (5 April).
The cancellation of the point-to-point Run The Bridge event was met with considerable disappointment from the Merseyside and North West running communities: the event had taken place for 15 consecutive years. After discussions between organisers Halton Borough Council and BTR Liverpool, the two organisations were able to come up with a suitable alternative that would continue to showcase picturesque Hale Village. The proposed course will start in Hale Park, taking in Cocklade Lane, Pepper Street, Town Lane, Hale Gate Road, Halebank Road, Higher Road, Ramsbrook Lane and High Street, before returning to Hale Park.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell said: “Over the past 15 years, the Easter Sunday run in Hale has very much become a firm fixture in the Merseyside and North West race calendars. Together with Halton Council, we are delighted that we can continue this tradition and develop a new event.
“I remember the original Hale 5 Mile road race event very well, having ran in it myself numerous times. The new event will feature a familiar course that some may remember, but we’re very much looking forward to introducing others to the very scenic Hale Village.”
BTR will be able to provide a confirmed route and details of road closures from mid-March. More information on the full BTR programme for 2015 is available here.