in what is possibly the most natural sponsorship for a UK running event, Unilever will be partnering with experienced race organiser BTR to present an expanded Port Sunlight Road Race on Sunday 11 May. The historic garden village will once again play host to the Merseyside running community in 2014 when it stages the third annual event which includes a 5k and fun run as well as the headline 10k.
Also new for this year is a unique series of cycle races on the closed streets of the village. The Port Sunlight Wheelers, one of the village’s oldest groups (formed shortly after the Second World War), will officially race for the first time in the village that gave the club its name and provide spectators with a wonderful opportunity to see cycle racing at very close quarters.
Visitors on the day will also be able to enjoy the ‘best bits’ of Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village’s very popular annual Festival, including a live music stage, food, lifestyle and craft exhibitors, children’s rides, and Pillbox Vintage Fairs.
2014 sees the 125th anniversary of the building of Port Sunlight, the model village created on the Wirral at the end of the 19th century by Lever Brothers to accommodate workers in its soap factory (now part of Unilever). The name is derived from Lever Brothers' most popular brand of cleaning agent, Sunlight. Port Sunlight contains 900 Grade II listed buildings.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell enthused: “Port Sunlight is a great place to stage this running event. The wide roads and relatively flat course, combined with the beautiful architecture and formal landscapes, make it an ideal place for all types of runners, from experienced athletes to fun runners.”
For more information on the running races and how to enter visit the event website.