14th annual BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K this Sunday

 

Race sold out with 2,600 gearing up to take part

 

Runners are gearing up to make their way under the River Mersey this weekend in one of the most unique races in the sporting calendar.

The 14th annual BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K takes place this Sunday (14 April), when 2,600 runners pull on their trainers to take part. The race is sold out.

The race starts in Liverpool city centre at 9.30am, finishing at Marine Point in New Brighton.

The route takes runners from the start line in Blackstock Street, through the Kingsway Tunnel, along Seacombe Promenade, past Fort Perch Rock and the Marine Lake, to the finish line which is located on Ian Fraser Walk at New Brighton.

The Mersey Tunnel 10K returned to the North West race calendar in 2006 at the request of the Mersey Tunnels with BTR Liverpool taking on the mantle.

This year, the point-to-point race will include runners from the Isle of Man, Ireland, Germany, and the United States of America.

The day’s most senior runners include participants ranging in age from 72-years-old and 91-years-old.

Participants also include a team of eight from 107 Field Squadron Royal Engineers from Birkenhead who will be taking part in full military kit.

American brothers 69-year-old Steve Hailer who lives in Ohio, and Phil, aged 71, from Massachusetts, are visiting Liverpool especially to take part in the BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K.

 

Steve Hailer explained:

 

“We are really excited to run the race. We grew up heavily influenced by The Beatles – so visiting Liverpool is very special to us. I visited two years ago with family and just loved the city, so it’s wonderful to come back to run a race with my brother Phil on his first visit to Liverpool.

“We’re keen runners and Phil has ran 35 Boston Marathons. Thank you to everyone who will be supporting the race, we won’t be fast but we will be having lots of fun – yeah, yeah, yeah! We cannot wait to run Liverpool.”

The race is organised and delivered by Hoylake-based race organisers BTR Liverpool, the leading independent organisation for creating, managing and delivering headline race events across Liverpool City Region.

The BTR event portfolio also includes the 52-mile BTR Tour Of Merseyside, BTR Liverpool Santa Dash, BTR Wirral Half Marathon and 10K; and BTR Port Sunlight 10K and 5K.

BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell commented:

 

“The BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K offers runners the rare experience to run through the Kingsway Tunnel and under the River Mersey – now that’s a really unique selling point. Our runners tell us it’s definitely one of the highlights in the North West race calendar.

“I’d encourage spectators to come along on the day and cheer on our runners along the Wirral promenades – they will be putting their all into having a great race and your encouragement will go a long way. New Brighton is a fantastic destination to stay and enjoy the day.”

The BTR race portfolio also includes the BTR Liverpool Half Marathon, which has been shortlisted in the Small Event of the Year category in the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2019. The race – which celebrated its 26th consecutive year in March – is the only sporting event represented across all 17 categories. The winners will be announced on 16 May at a black tie awards ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral.

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