More than 5,000 runners will come together at Pier Head on Sunday 2 April for what is one of the North West’s premier road races, the Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon. The flagship event from organiser BTR Liverpool, the half, which has a number of places available, boasts a grandstand start and finish line area on the city’s stunning UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront.
Part of the Vitality Run Series, the race has now taken place for 24 consecutive years, making it one of the region’s most established events. One runner who has taken part in each of these is Stephen Symons (pictured) from Manchester. Despite suffering from a brain haemorrhage in November 2012, Stephen still managed his continuous run in March 2013 and took part accompanied by family.
Looking ahead to next week’s race, one of the clear attractions for the half is a superb course that takes in the Albert Dock, the Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral and Sefton Park Palm House and features a 3-mile home straight along Otterspool Promenade back to the finish at the iconic Pier Head.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented: “The Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon officially kick starts another exciting year of running for BTR Liverpool. It’s the biggest road race in the BTR portfolio and a real highlight, so we cannot wait to get 2017 off the ground with the North West’s premier road race.
“First introduced to the race calendar in 1994, it still continues to have a strong domestic and international draw 24 years on. Many of our regular runners tell us that this was their very first half marathon race, so it’s great to welcome back familiar faces each year and see them running alongside newcomers starting out on their running journey. Entries for the half marathon are still open so come and join us for a fantastic day.
The event will incorporate, for the second year, the BTR Liverpool 10 Mile Road Race. The 10 miler has proven to be a popular addition with entries selling out in a matter of months. Registration for the Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon is available here.