Thousands set for Wirral race events

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Wirral half marathon map route © BTR Liverpool

Wirral half marathon map route © BTR Liverpool

Thousands of runners are expected to take part in the Wirral half marathon on the peninsula this weekend.

Around 2,500 runners will be taking to the streets to run the races including the half marathon and the 10K challenge.

These events are the first their kind to take place in the Wirral alone. Organiser BTR said it has 1,742 entrants for the half marathon and 923 for the 10K.

BTR Race Director, Alan Rothwell, said: “Many entrants will have run in the Chester marathon last weekend and will use the half or 10K distance as a recovery run.

“As the event is new to the area it attracts many people to the borough who would not normally visit. We have had entries from Denmark, Spain, Norway and Belgium.”

The Wirral Half Marathon and Wirral 10K will start in Birkenhead Park and end in New Brighton.

The race will start at 9.30am in the Upper Park section of Birkenhead Park and Ashville Road will be closed to vehicles from 7.30am.

Roads along the route will be closed to allow the safe operation of the events, starting at around 6am in the morning, with some closures remaining in place until about 2pm.

A full list of road closures can be found at on the BTR website.

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