Testing weather conditions failed to dampen the spirits of participants and spectators at Sunday’s (11 May) BTR Liverpool’s Port Sunlight event. The third annual race in the picturesque Wirral village attracted over 1,800 runners who took part in the 10K, 5K, and 1K children’s Fun Run - with an increase in runners across all distances: the 5K race sold out at 300 places.
The event was organised by BTR and the Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village (PSM&GV), who combined the best parts of the popular annual Port Sunlight Village Festival with the running events to create the village’s 125th anniversary celebrations.
Salford Harriers’ Tarus Elly took top position in the 10k event, finishing in a speedy 31:25, with Liverpool Harriers’ James Riley a close second (31:36). Sophie Hunt secured first place in the women’s competition in 38:28, followed by Jennifer Clague (38:50). Jack Atkins and Amy Gibbons were top in the 5k race, coming home in 16:52 and 20:41 respectively. Runners and spectators braved the wet weather conditions to enjoy entertainment and refreshments on the Village Green, and Pillbox Vintage Fair in nearby Church Drive School.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented: “Port Sunlight Village provides one of the most picturesque backdrops to a race event anywhere in the UK, and we’ve had excellent feedback on the improved course. Race entries notably increased this year across all distances, with the 5K entries doubling, which is testament to how much people enjoy running in the village.
“The 5K runners started the race proceedings with a single lap of the course, followed by the massed ranks of 10K runners. Then it was the turn of the youngsters with the children’s 1K Fun Run which sold out before midday – all 200 places were snapped up in record time. Plans are already in place to meet the demand for more junior places next year, further making it a real family running event.”
Full results are available here.