Easter Sunday heralded the launch of BTR Liverpool’s latest event, the Hale Village 5 Mile, with a field of almost 350 taking part. The race was introduced after the cancellation of this year’s Run The Bridge due to work on the new Mersey Gateway crossing.
The cancellation of the previous event was met with considerable disappointment from the Merseyside and North West running communities: the event had taken place for 15 consecutive years.
After discussions between organisers Halton Borough Council and BTR Liverpool, the two organisations were able to come up with a suitable alternative that would continue to showcase picturesque Hale Village.
The course was a loop of Hale Village taking in Cocklade Lane, Pepper Street, Town Lane, Hale Gate Road, Halebank Road, Higher Road, Ramsbrook Lane and High Street, before returning to Hale Park.
Liverpool Harrier Ben Russell secured a convincing victory in a time of 25:20, with Anthony Taylor second (27:24) and Michael Fitzsimmons third (27:29). In the women’s competition, Sarah Griffiths took first in 29:25, closely followed by Kirsty Longley (29:33) with Gemma Connolly in third (30:15).
BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented: “We had an excellent field of almost 350 runners for the new Hale Village 5 Mile race. Race conditions were perfect and it was a fantastic way to start Easter Sunday.
Alan added: “Hale Village is an ideal backdrop for race events and it proved very popular with those running here for the first time. A number of ‘Tourists’ taking part in the Tour Of Merseyside also ran to scope out the course ahead of their 52-mile challenge in July.”