The enforced date change from summer to autumn seems to have had little impact on the Mersey Tunnel 10K with the event one again looking set for an impressive turnout. Over 2000 runners have already registered with a further flurry of entries anticipated as race day approached on Sunday 1 October.
Due to rail track replacement work on the Liverpool loop line, organisers BTR Liverpool were forced into action and moved the race date to October. This clearly hasn’t detracted from the event’s popularity and the 10k will, as ever, allow runners the opportunity to run through the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel.
The point to point event starts on Blackstock Street and moves into a gentle 1 mile descent under the River Mersey; the Tunnel entrance marks the 1K point with markers for 2K and 3K positioned inside the Tunnel. The second half of the course is known to be extremely flat with the full 5k distance from the Wallasey Ferry terminal to the finish at New Brighton running alongside the River Mersey.
Last year saw Liverpool Harriers’ Dejene Gezimu set a new course record of 30:48 en route to victory. Gezimu was some two minutes ahead of clubmate James McNally (32:48), with Phillip Langan third (33:14). Helen Sahgal took first place in the women’s competition in a time of 38:34, with Charlotte Wilson-Dewhurst second (40:01) and Natasha Dawson third (40:23).
Registration for the Mersey Tunnel 10K is priced at £23. Further details are available here.