Wirral’s parks, coastline and beaches will be alive with the sound of running shoes pounding the pavements when it hosts a trio of events. The races, all organised by BTR Liverpool, kick-off on Friday (9 September) with the first stage of the Whistle Stop of Wirral, and close with the Wirral Half Marathon and 10K on Sunday (11 September).
Akin to its sister event the Tour of Merseyside, the Whistle Stop Tour will see 350 runners embark on a mini running journey of Wirral. The event spans three days and begins with a fast five-mile race at Arrowe Park, followed by a challenging eight miles multi-terrain at Thurstaston and along the beach and Wirral Way on Saturday, before the Tourists join the main field on Sunday and participate in the Wirral Half Marathon.
Despite being launched just three years ago, the 13.1 mile race has received highly favourable reviews and scooped the prestigious title of Event of the Year 2015 at the Wirral Tourism Awards. Up to 2,000 runners are expected to compete in the half marathon and accompanying 10k, with entries still being taken for both.
Both start in Birkenhead Park and follow a picturesque route that will take runners along the Wirral coastline to Fort Perch Rock, before finishing at The Dips in New Brighton. The half marathon runners also follow the 10K route, before continuing to Leasowe before returning to cross the finish line at The Dips.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented: “This weekend’s races will challenge, inspire and empower the runners to really test themselves. Wirral lends itself to hosting running events of varying distances and terrains, so again we’re delighted to be showcasing the locations through some of our key race events.”
“I’d encourage spectators to come along to New Brighton on Sunday to cheer on the runners as they cross the finish line to complete the 10K, half marathon and Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral – their determination, relief and elation is a special sight. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend of racing in Wirral.”
Registration for the half marathon and 10k is available here.