It seems the attraction of racing through the heart of the picturesque village of Port Sunlight has captured the hearts of runners across the UK with confirmation that next weekend’s (18 June) race is a sell-out. This is the sixth consecutive Port Sunlight event, which features a 5K and two-lap 10K followed by a children’s 1K fun run.
One of the key events in the BTR portfolio, the race enjoyed immediate success when launched in 2012. Part of this has undoubtedly been down to its location with a course that takes runners round the tree-lined boulevard and through the model village.
For the past three years, a group of dedicated runners have taken on the double challenge to run both races. This tradition continues for 2017 with over 70 runners preparing to double up. Organisers will recognise their achievement with a specially commissioned 15K technical T-shirt.
In addition to the appealing route, both races are known to be fast: 2016 saw three course records posted, with Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton Harriers’ Adam Jarvis breaking the 5K time (16:11), while Dejene Gezimu (30:19) and Sophie Whiteside (36:42) became the new 10K record holders.
Paul Harris, CEO of Port Sunlight Village Trust, explained why the race is such a massive, and welcome, boost to the area: “We’re counting down to hosting this year’s BTR Port Sunlight Village Road Race next weekend.
"The event is perfect for attracting new visitors to Port Sunlight, particularly runners and their families. We look forward to welcoming the runners and spectators to the village to show them first-hand what a special place it really is – see you there.”