Over 2,500 runners will descend on the Wirral this Sunday’s for the second staging of BTR Liverpool’s Wirral Half Marathon and 10K. The races, which start at Birkenhead Park and finish in New Brighton, established a great reputation after their introduction and were shortlisted as Event Of The Year in the Wirral Tourism Awards 2014.
The course takes all runners along a coastal route past Seacombe Ferry, Egremont Promenade and Fort Perch Rock. The 10k runners will finish on Coastal Drive, while the half marathon runners continue along King’s Parade and the North Wirral Coastal Path to Leasowe Lighthouse, before returning to also finish on Costal Drive. The half marathon course has been slightly revised this year.
The 2013 event saw Penny Lane Striders’ Martin Swensson take first place in 1:13:31, with Liverpool Harriers’ Jenny Clague (1:23:25) winning the female competition. In the 10k race, Knowsley Harriers’ Jack Atkins (36:27) and Kirsty Longley (37:09) finished top in their respective fields.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented: “We’re looking forward to returning to Wirral for our second Half Marathon and 10K races. The route has been revised and improved, so I’m sure some runners will be relieved that they won’t have to negotiate the beach this time round.”
“Wirral really does lend itself to hosting distance running events. The coastline is an ideal backdrop and enhances the overall experience for runners. The range of participants is very diverse – charity runners; those chasing a personal best; and number of mature runners. I’d urge people to come along and support on the day – it gives the runners a much-needed boost.”
Entries are still open, with registration available at the BTR Liverpool website.