After scooping the prestigious title of Event of the Year 2015 at the Wirral Tourism Awards in April, expectations for Sunday’s (13 September) BTR Wirral Half Marathon and 10K are sky high. In addition to these events, participants will also have the chance to test their fitness with a new 26-mile challenge.
Entitled the Whistle Stop of Wirral, the three day challenge will run from Friday to Sunday (11 to 13 September), with 250 competitors already signed up. The Wirral Tour follows the success of the established and increasingly popular Tour Of Merseyside (TOM), which consists of six races over seven days and covers 52 miles.
This week’s Tour starts with a five-mile flat race at Arrowe Park on the evening of Friday followed the next morning with a challenging eight miles at Thurstaston. The final race is the Wirral Half Marathon, where the Wirral Tourists will join the main field of over 2,000 half marathon and 10K runners.
On the burgeoning reputation of the Wirral events, race director Alan Rothwell commented: “Building on the success of the award accolade and the increasingly popular Tour Of Merseyside which already features Wirral, it was the right time to introduce a shorter Tour event and Wirral is the perfect place to do just that.”
Alan added: “We’re excited to see what the added Whistle Stop Tour race element will bring – and I’m sure the Tourists with their whistles will no doubt make themselves known by raising the noise and fun levels on half marathon day.”
More information on all of the races is availalbe here.