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Issue:- 10 October 2014

Wirral hosts Second Annual Half Marathon

OVER 2,500 runners will descend on Wirral this weekend for the 2nd annual BTR Wirral Half Marathon and 10K.  The event takes place on Sunday, 12 October 2014, with both races starting at 9.30am in Birkenhead Park and finishing in New Brighton. The course takes all runners along a coastal route past Seacombe Ferry, Egremont Promenade and Fort Perch Rock. The 10K runners will finish on Coastal Drive, while the half marathon runners continue along King's Parade and the North Wirral Coastal Path to Leasowe Lighthouse, before returning to also finish on Costal Drive. The half marathon course has been slightly revised this year. The event has attracted entrants from across the region, as well as a number of overseas runners travelling from Norway and Poland to participate.  Last year's event was shortlisted as Event Of The Year in the Wirral Tourism Awards 2014, a huge coup for the race to be recognised in its inaugural year.  BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell commented:- "We're looking forward to returning to Wirral for our second Half Marathon and 10K races. The route has been revised and improved, so I'm sure some runners will be relieved that they won't have to negotiate the beach this time round.  Wirral really does lend itself to hosting distance running events. The coastline is an ideal backdrop and enhances the overall experience for runners. The range of participants is very diverse; charity runners; those chasing a personal best; and number of mature runners. I'd urge people to come along and support on the day; it gives the runners a much-needed boost."  Wirral Council Leader Councillor Phil Davies added:- "We are delighted once again to welcome back the BTR Wirral Half Marathon and 10k back to the borough. We wish everyone taking part the best of luck and urge local residents to come out and show their support to the runners as they pass by. We have worked hard alongside the organisers, building on the experience of previous events, to keep disruption to people who live along the route to a minimum. They should be reassured that any roads that are closed to accommodate the races will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so."  All finishers will be presented with a commemorative medal, T-Shirt and goody bag.  Full details can be found at:-

University to welcome prospective students

THE University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is opening its doors to prospective students on Sunday, 19 October 2014, and will for the 1st time hold an interactive subject showcase as part of its Open Day.  Visitors will have the opportunity to speak to staff and students and find out all they need to know about the University and about the wide range of courses on offer. Throughout the day there will be a number of information sessions taking place offering specific course details, general talks on the University, accommodation and financial matters. Tutors are also available to offer advice between subject talk sessions.  The Open Day subject showcase, held in UCLan's Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, will give prospective students a taste of the practical side of learning with sessions across a variety of courses. Highlights include a CSI skills text, the chance to be a judge in a pop-up courtroom, a look at the UCLan eco-marathon car and a lesson in the role of science in improving sport and exercise performance. UCLan recruitment officer Carl Ibison commented:- "Deciding what university to apply for is a big decision and not something to rush into. We encourage all prospective students to make the most of our Open Day by talking to lecturers, taking a walk around the campus and chatting to current students to really find out what we're about. The Open Day subject showcase has something for everyone and it will allow our visitors to see some of the exciting research taking place here at UCLan and have a taste of what they could be doing as part of their studies."  The registration desks will be open from 8.30am onwards on the day and are based in the Foster Learning Zone. Attendees are strongly advised to register before 12noon to optimise their Open Day experience. Anyone that has pre-registered should bring a printout of their fast-track registration email with them as to speed up the process. For more information visit:- and follow the hashtag #uclanopenday on Twitter.

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