Around 1800 runners enjoyed resplendent sunshine at the picturesque village of Port Sunlight on Sunday (18 June) in what was the sixth consecutive edition of the Port Sunlight 10K & 5K. As anticipated, the races posted impressive numbers with both selling out two weeks prior to race day, while a further 300 took part in the Kids 1K Run.
The model village turned out to be the picture-perfect backdrop to an event that is central to BTR Liverpool’s portfolio. The race has enjoyed success since being launched in 2012 with many drawn to its unique location and a course that winds through tree-lined boulevards.
The courses are known to be quick and this proved to be the case with numerous fast times posted throughout both races. Wallasey AC’s Joseph Boden set a PB en route to victory in the 5k, crossing the tape in 16:12, ahead of Eryri Harriers’ Paul Wathan (16:30) and Chris Yorke (17:28).
Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton’s Helen Sahgal secured a comfortable victory in the women’s field in 18:25, with Eryri Harriers’ Gemma Morgans second (19:23) and splitting what would have been a club 1-2 with Liverpool Pembroke’s Lisa Gawthorne third in 19:36. The midplaced runner crossed the line in just over 31 minutes.
Deeside’s Lee Jones took top spot in the 10k in 34:25, ousting both Paul Wathan (35:17) and John Cain (36:24), while Carmel Triggs narrowly missed out on a PB on her way to first place in the women’s field. Her time of 39:19 was enough, however, to finish ahead of Rachel Jacks (40:28) and Gemma Morgans (41:33).
Gemma was one of 120 sun-drenched enthusiasts who tackled the 5k at 10am and the 10k one hour later. The hardy competitors were awarded with a special dual race 15K T-shirt.
Full results are available on our race listings page.