March 2016 / Date TBC / Liverpool, Merseyside / L3 4DQ
Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon
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The Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon is organised by BTR who organise other successful races such as the Port Sunlight 10k in May and the Tunnel 10k in June. The start and finish has been moved to a World Heritage Site and now the Liver Birds overlook proceedings. I'm a little biased as I'm from Liverpool but this is a great race in a fabulous city!
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A predominanly flat course where you could definitely get that pb. The only incline occurs as you run up Upper Parliament Street early on at around the 1 mile mark. From there runners make their way around the magnificent Victorian Sefton Park before reaching the prom and a pancake flat four miles to the finish - you'll fly as long as the wind is behind you.
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Kenny Worrall 5/5 (2015 race)
Quite a rainy, soggy day but that didn't seem to dampen the spirits of us runners. Quite simply for me this will always be my favourite race. A varied route that is both challenging but that demands a PB. Great support & marshals. I look forward to this day all year.
Dom Gilvarry 4/5 (2015 race)
Being my home town half marathon the BTR Liverpool Half is a must every year. With it being in March the weather can always be a bit challenging. This year was no different and we had rain from start to finish. The race itself is well organised and well supported with over 6000 runners this year. The course is good and the dreaded Upper Parliament hill is out of the way at mile one. The course then brings through some of the more scenic parts of South Liverpool around Sefton Park and through Otterspool Park to bring you onto the prom with a 4 mile stretch by the river to the finish line.
The light rain was quite beneficial early on in the race and kept you refreshed as you counted down the miles. Myself like most runners hold something back until you get onto the prom and you wait to see what sort of conditions you have to face, thankfully this year the little wind that was around seemed to be behind us. This is when many runners make that final push for home and I personally ran my quickest miles in the last 3 miles of the race.
The finish coming into Liverpool city centre is really eye catching as you run towards the Liverbirds. The only negative part of the course is the stretch of cobbles at 12.5 miles, these are unforgiving on old knees, especially in the wet conditions this year. The event itself is well supported with great crowds all the way around and water stations are well staffed by fantastic volunteers. The finish area is improving every year and the medal, t-shirt and goodie bag are fantastic. All in all a great half marathon in a great city.
Stephen Watkin 4/5 (2015 race)
Having run this one 3 times now, I can say with some authority that good runs here are always either made or broken by the wind on the prom, which is the last 4 miles of the course. All week, the forecast for the day was seemingly set in stone: heavy rain, with a 25mph head wind on the prom.
On the the day itself, although the heavens opened as promised, the wind was miraculously absent. The sense of relief from the runners turning on to the prom was something you could probably cut with a knife! Loads of support despite the weather, friendly pacers (which I particularly appreciate) and a pretty well-stocked goodie bag. Would run again!
Rachel Rick (2013 race)
Have run this twice - 2011 and 2013 and really enjoyed it both times. Lots of support all the way round. I quite like Sefton Park, although I know not everyone does. Already booked on 2014
Matthew Davies (2011 race)
I did this race back in 2011 - it's a fast course (with the exception of Upper Parliament Street). It now finishes in front of the Liver Buildings - a massive event with over 8000 runners! Brilliant race :)