Rising numbers run Half Marathon

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Liverpool’s annual Half Marathon was again a success as more than 6,200 people took part in the event on Sunday.

The overall winner on the day was Bartosz Mazerski from Poland, while Andy Norman took second place and Matthew Rose came third.

Alan Rothwell, the race director, told JMU Journalism: “The Liverpool Half Marathon is an ideal way to showcase the city and what it has to offer. What better way to see the city than to run through it?”

The 19th edition of the Half Marathon featured runners from all over the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Norway, Russia and USA.

Among those who came out to cheer the runners at the start and finish of the 13-mile course was former athlete Kriss Akabusi, a medal winner at the Olympic Games, World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Rothwell also revealed his pleasure that the number of registered runners for the event has almost doubled during the last two years.

“This would unequivocally show that there is indeed a market, that participants enjoy the event and participants recommend the event to running partners,” he added. “As long as people choose to run our events we will endeavour to engage, deliver and satisfy.”

JMU Journalism caught up with several runners once they had completed the course and collected their T-shirt and medal.

Richard White from Birmingham explained: “It was very tough, very hard and very windy for the last three miles. I came here as a preparation for the London Marathon in a month’s time.”

David Lemon from North Wales said: “It was very good route and a flat route. It was well organised. I have done it three to four times before.”

First-time participant, Rob Granthar, from the Wirral, concluded: “It was great, lovely and windy in the end.”

About Håvard Wattum, International Editor