Sunday 2 July will see the Southport Half Marathon return for its fifth and biggest edition to date with the event closing in on a sell-out. Throughout its history, the half has been known to offer a perfect opportunity for a summer PB with a flat route which starts and finishes in Victoria Park.
For the second successive year, the event will include a 10k and family mile, both of which offer competitors the opportunity to run through the heart of a famous seaside resort. The route is the only running event in the history of Southport to be permitted to close Lord Street to traffic.
2016 saw Leeds City’s Tesfaye Debele cross the line first in 1:12:35, ahead of Penny Lane Striders’ Martin Swensson (1:13:09) and Mark Dunham (1:15:25) of Southport and Waterloo AC. Elissa Morris was the leading female in 1:22:49, followed by Claire Walton (1:24:27) and Helen Sahgal (1:25:38).
As with previous years, Sunday will have a festive feel and organisers have Iined up live music and entertainment in Victoria Park, which will be exclusive to competitors and spectators.
Entry for the half marathon is priced at £31 (£29 affiliated), with the 10k £26 (£24 affiliated). Registration, which is open until Thursday 29 June, is available here.