Almost 2,200 runners enjoyed glorious weather for the second staging of the Wirral Half Marathon and 10K on Sunday (12 October). The races, shortlisted at the Event Of The Year in the Wirral Tourism Awards 2014, are part of the successful BTR Liverpool series.
Taking in a fast and flat course, participants enjoyed the scenic backdrop of Birkenhead Park in the first mile with a short hop through the docks and Four Bridges to the promenade at the Seacombe Ferry at 3 miles. BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented on the setting for the races: “Wirral really does lend itself to hosting distance running events. The coastline is an ideal backdrop and enhances the overall experience for runners.”
Salford Harriers’ Tarus Elly took advantage of a revised route to set a new course record for the half marathon of 1:08:47, with Chris McCarthy second (1:10:30) and Penny Lane Striders’ Martin Swensson in third (1:11:38). In the women’s field, Jenny Clague successfully defended her title and improved on her time of last year by almost a minute, crossing the line in 1:22:58. Louise Blizzard (1:25:17) and Sophie Hunt (1:25:30) followed.
Liverpool Harriers’ James Riley topped a competitive 10k field, coming home in 32:04, with John Heap following in 32:50. Local runner Alex O’Brien led the female field home in 37:42, with Knowsley Harriers’ Sharon Samon in second (40:23).
Also taking part in the 10k was 91-year-old Eddy Mountford. Eddy, who has completed 30 marathons since taking up the sport at the age of 58, finished the event in just over 90 minutes.
Full results are available here.