The North West hosted what is surely one of its most picturesque events on Sunday (16 June), BTR Liverpool’s Port Sunlight Road Race. Organised in conjunction with the Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT), race day brought with it sunny conditions for the 2,000 plus competing over the 5k, 10k and 1k events.
Celebrating what was the eight annual staging, the 5k took runners along the tree-lined boulevards and perfectly manicured gardens of the historic village: the 10K followed two laps of the 5k route.
On the race front, the 5k witnessed a sizable course record as Wallasey AC’s Joseph Boden took first place in 15:27, over 40 seconds quicker than the previous time set in 2016. There was a close battle for second and third, with Andrew Bromley and Ben Lewington both coming home in 16:37, the former just shaded it.
For the third year in succession,Helen Sahgal (Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton Harriers) was the top performer in the female competition, grabbing first in 19:07. Helen Stansfield was second in 20 minutes flat with Rachel Bolton (20:01) narrowly behind. The top three female finishers in the 5K – Helen Sahgal, Helen Stansfield, and Rachel Bailey – all finished in the exact same positions in 2018.
It was a tight contest in the men’s 10K competition too as Wallasey AC’s Jay Walker (33:$6) just shaded it ahead of Jamie Rutherford (33:49), with Walker’s clubmate Rob Pearse (34:05) third. Eleanor Jones (36:53) was the top performer in the female field in 36:53, with Emily Carr (37:59) and Carmel Edwards (39:18) following.
Sunday’s field included 250 runners who took on the dual race challenge, taking part in the 5K race quickly followed by the 10K. As well as collecting both race distance medals and T-shirts, they received a special dual challenge medal to mark their 15K achievement.
Paul Harris, Chief Executive of Port Sunlight Village Trust, commented: “Port Sunlight Village is a very special, unique destination, and we were absolutely delighted to welcome runners and spectators for an eighth consecutive year. The Port Sunlight Road Race is a great event to showcase the village, and the feedback we receive from the runners is always fantastic. Well done to everyone who took part – and we hope to see you again next year.”
Next up for the BTR Liverpool team is the Tour of Merseyside, which begins on Tuesday 30 June.