After the success of last weekend’s half and full marathon events in Liverpool and Manchester, this Saturday (15 April) will see the cities connected by a 50-mile ultra. Staged for only the second time, the Liverpool to Manchester Ultra has seen its entries almost double, with 300 runners preparing for their ultra journey.
The event, which is part of the Great Britain Ultra Race Series, follows the Trans Pennine Trail and the River Mersey from Liverpool to Manchester. Run largely on tarmac, the route is very fast and is close to a road ultramarathon. With a 6am start time, the fastest runners are expected to come in around midday, while the remainder of the field have a 14-hour limit to complete the 50 miles.
Race director Wayne Drinkwater told runABC North of the preparations undertaken for Saturday’s ultra: “The course is very well supported with seven checkpoints en route located at six mile intervals. These are largely food and refreshment checkpoints with first aid assistance from Cheshire Search and Rescue. They are sheltered too, so runners can sit and rest if they need to, with sports massages on hand at half way to help keep the runners going.”
On the appeal of the L2M, Wayne added: “The event attracts seasoned ultrarunners due to its direct fast well supported 50-mile route. Yet I would also say it suits the beginners for the same reason. Most important, however, is the level of support and the camaraderie from other runners and from volunteers. This supports everyone on their journey, whether it’s their first or tenth ultra.”
You can view the rest of the events in the GB Ultra Race Series here.