The btr Liverpool Half Marathon on 17 March will likely have cause for double celebration with news that the event has attracted 8,000 runners on what will be its 20th staging. The number represents a significant upturn on the previous record of 7,600, with organisers able to increase capacity by moving the start and finish point from King's Parade to the more expansive Piers Head.
In a further boost for the race, last year's winner Bartek Mazerski is set to defend his title, with 2012 marathon champion Tomas Abyu likely to be one of his main opponents. Mazerski, a previous winner of the Dresden and Warsaw marathons, took top spot in a time of 1:08:21, with Andy Norman close behind in 1:08:23.
The women's field was similarly competitive, with Caroline Walsh (1:21:21) finishing just six seconds ahead of Jennifer Clague. For club runners, next week's event will also see the introduction of a team event. Two trophies will be awarded for the 1st male & female teams based on the top four finishing positions.
Further down the field, there will be an 18 strong contingent from Sefton Park Cricket Club who will be taking part in their full cricket kit. The club are running in memory of their team mate Alex Miller who sadly died at Christmas, and will be raising funds on behalf of the charity CALM. For all those heading along to lend their faithful support, the Museum of Liverpool will be opening early on race day, with exhibits charting the history of the Long and Winding city.
If you were unable to enter the half marathon, the btr team are also hosting the Port Sunlight 10K and 5K on 19 May. The event is priced at £15.00 and £12.00 respectively for btr members. More information is available on the event website.