BTR Liverpool’s Mersey Tunnel 10K is just around the corner with up to 2,500 runners expected to lace up for one of the most unique races on the circuit. This Sunday’s (15 April) event will fall on a particularly poignant date – it will be the 29th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, when 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives.
To mark the occasion, runners will be invited to join in with a minute’s applause to remember the 98, their families and the survivors. The applause will take place shortly before the race begins at 9.30am
BTR Liverpool race director Alan Rothwell commented: “The Mersey Tunnel 10K continues to attract runners keen to experience the rare and unique opportunity to run through the Kingsway Tunnel and under the River Mersey. There’s always such a great atmosphere on the day, with runners emerging from the tunnel with a big smile on their faces.
“This year’s race will be particularly poignant sharing the date of the 29th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy. We are asking runners to come together, stand side by side, and join in a minute’s applause shortly before the race starts at 9.30am as we pay our respects to The 96, their families and the survivors.”
Since its return in 2006 under the direction of race organisers BTR Liverpool, the 10k has been a favourite on the North West calendar. The race starts on the Liverpool side of the River Mersey and heads straight into the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel from the off and the first mile is a fast and furious downhill.
Runners then exit the tunnel after just two miles, on the Wirral side of the river, before following a flat route overlooking the river to a fantastic finish line at New Brighton.
Anyone considering tackling this year’s Tunnel 10K will need to be quick – entries close tomorrow (Thursday 12 April). At just £23, this is one not to be missed!
image courtesy Paul Francis Cooper