Thousands run city’s half marathon

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Liverpool Half Marathon 2013

Liverpool Half Marathon 2013

More than 8,000 runners gathered on Liverpool’s streets to take part in the Liverpool Half Marathon.

The event, which has doubled in size over the past four years, attracted runners from all over the world, with entrants from Brazil, Canada and New Zealand

This year, there was an increase of around 800 participants, making the race the largest it’s ever been, with 8,400 runners taking part.

It was won by Josh Lilley from Tipton Harriers, with a time of 1 hour 2 minutes.

Alan Rothwell, the BTR Race Director, told JMU Journalism: “The day was excellent from start to finish and even the weather was kind whilst the event in progress. With no wind, the runners were happy.

“It’s not compulsory to raise money, but it is expected that at least £500,000 will have been raised on the day.”

One of the runners on the day was John Newton, a student from Liverpool, who completed the race in 2 hours 1 minute.

He said: “I ran this race for the Alzheimer’s society this year. After running the Liverpool marathon for The Meningitis Trust I felt that I needed to support another charity that also does some excellent work.

John Newton with his medal

John Newton with his medal

“My friend who I ran the Liverpool marathon was also meant to be running this race with me, however personal circumstances caused him to pull out of the race.

“It makes a big difference when you have a running partner they can be difference between beating your personal best or stopping completely.

“The event was well organised and I had a great time running the course. I want to move on and try other running courses across the Uk and the world, I think for the moment my next goal is the Rome marathon next year.”

Entry for next year’s race is already open, and can be accessed on BTR Liverpool’s website.

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