Half marathon makes a dashing return

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Liverpool half marathon and 10 mile runners who have crossed the finishing line. Pic © Angelica Day JMU Journalism

The BTR Liverpool Half Marathon returned with around 5,000 participants who travelled from different cities and even overseas to run.

This marked 26 years of the running event, firmly establishing itself as one of the city’s premier road races.

The 13-miler took place yesterday, on an extremely windy, cold and wet day, alongside the fourth annual 10 mile road race.

Both began early at 9am, starting and finishing under the gaze of the Liver Birds at the Pier Head.

The course featured some of the city’s most famous sights including the Anglican Cathedral, Princes Park, Sefton Park, Otterspool Promenade, Royal Albert Dock and Museum of Liverpool.

Sean Manley, 20, from Everton told JMU Journalism: “It turned out to be such a nice day seeing as there were so many people who still showed up despite the horrible weather.

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“If I booked to take part earlier then I would have given myself more time to train. However, I have done it and I am happy with my time. I completed my first half marathon and I want to tackle the full thing next,” he added after completing his run in 1 hour 56 minutes.

Many people turned out for different causes and charities, with some just doing it for their own enjoyment.

People of all ages took part, including an 81 year old man. Maxine Bickerton, 25, from Stoke-on-Trent told JMU Journalism: “It was a great atmosphere and extremely busy. This was my first 10-mile race and I found it hard because of the weather but it was good. I have done a half marathon before, but never anything like this.”

Stuart Cassidy, 49, also from Stoke, said: “It was exhausting. The wind and the hailstones made it even more challenging. It’s definitely something that I would do again.”

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