The stock of BTR Liverpool’s Port Sunlight 5K and 10K is rising progressively each year with almost 1800 runners taking part in Sunday’s (1 March) competitions. The races, organised in conjunction with Port Sunlight Village Trust, officially kick-started BTR’s growing portfolio of events for 2015.
Set against the stunning Port Sunlight village, the event is within easy reach of runners across Merseyside and enjoyed immediate success when launched in 2012.
Liverpool Harriers came out on top of the 5K race, with Jack Atkins taking first place in an impressive 16:44, and club mate Megan Ball securing top position in the female competition. In the 10K, Wallasey’s Joseph Bolden managed top spot in 34:09, with Liverpool Pembroke’s Kirsty Longley, a regular at the BTR events, the leading female runner in 38:05.
Deciding that one race in a day wasn’t enough, almost 40 keen runners took part in both the 5K and 10Ks to be double racers on the day. The day’s most senior runner was familiar face, 91-year-old Eddie Mountford, from Wirral, who completed the 10K.
The event has previously been staged in May, but due to a large number of major events taking place across Liverpool City Region in May, organisers brought the event forward two months. BTR race director Alan Rothwell said: “Port Sunlight is a fantastic setting for race events and, once again, we have to thank Port Sunlight Village Trust for hosting the event and Unilever for their support. We had an excellent turn-out, which launched our calendar of 10 events for 2015.
“We’re delighted with the numbers taking into account the change of date. It’s a fantastic sight to see new runners alongside the more experienced ones, while the youngsters brought the fun element to the day. A massive well done to all the runners, and not forgetting the volunteers who play such an important role.”
The BTR Port Sunlight 10K and 5K races were the latest events in a year-long joint fundraising partnership between BTR Liverpool and its five official charities: Radio City’s Cash For Kids, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Everton in the Community, Jospice, and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
Next up for the BTR team is the Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday 29 March. For more information and to register, visit the event website.