Thousands take part in half marthon

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Brendan Rodgers with first place finisher, Andrew Davies © BTR Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers with first place finisher, Andrew Davies © BTR Liverpool

Over 6,800 runners from 21 countries arrived in the city on Sunday to take part in the 21st edition of the Liverpool Half Marathon.

The race, which was officially started by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and his backroom staff, was won by Andrew Davies of Maldwyn Harries, who was one minute and 18 seconds clear of Jorge Varela in second place.

The route, which started at the Pier Head, took the competitors past some of the city’s biggest landmarks, such the Museum of Liverpool and the Albert Dock.

Despite cold weather conditions and strong winds, there was a warm and welcoming atmosphere amongst runners and spectators.

Alan Rothwell, BTR race director, said that he was encouraged by the turn-out, despite the challenging weather on the day, adding that he was particularly pleased with the presence of Rodgers.

He said: “We were delighted to have Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers to start the race, and he was a great sport meeting fans and making the official presentations.

“The support along the course was excellent to see, and we have to particularly thank our hundreds of volunteers for their help on the day.”

The event was the curtain-raiser to organisers BTR’s six-event race calendar, which concludes with the highly popular Santa Dash on December 7.

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