11th RTR Mersey Tunnel 10K
on course to sell out!
Photographs with thanks to BTR
VERY soon than 3,000 runners take on
the annual challenge of running through the Mersey Tunnel. The 11th BTR Mersey
Tunnel 10K race takes place in a few days time, on Sunday, 19 June 2016,
starting, at 9.30am. Runners set off from Blackstock Street, in Liverpool City
Centre, before making their way into the Kingsway Wallasey Tunnel, to run
underneath the River Mersey, the most challenging and unique part of the race.
This is the only time runners can actually run underneath the River Mersey.
After emerging from the tunnel, the runners then make their way along the
picturesque Wirral waterfront from Seacombe, past Fort Perch Rock and the Marine
Lake, before arriving at the grandstand finish area on Ian Fraser Walk in New
Brighton. Last year, the event sold out for the 1st time with 3,200 runners; the
largest field since the race was brought back in 2006, at the request of the
Mersey Tunnels. Limited entries are still available for people wanting to
register to take part, online entries are available or enter in person at the
BTR Office. The race has also proved popular with runners from overseas, with
people travelling from Finland, Germany and Switzerland to take part. The race
will prove particularly memorable for one runner from Wirral; who gets married
on the same day.
Scientist 41 year old Abir Ali, who lives in Moreton, will take
part in the race just hours before he marries fiancée Hayley Blanc. Abir
proposed on Hayley's birthday last year after 3 years together. He will run
dressed as a groom wearing a shirt, tie, suit jacket and buttonhole flower; as
well as a special personalised 'Groom' race number carrying the
special date '1906'. Abir commented:- "It's going to be a
very busy, exciting day. Taking part in the Tunnel 10K and meeting up with my
running friends will definitely help to settle the nerves! I have to say a huge
thank you to Hayley for being so understanding, especially on our big day, she
knows how much I enjoy running. I started running eight years ago and my 1st
race was the BTR Wirral 10K, and I've been hooked ever since. I've ran the BTR
Mersey Tunnel 10K every year since 2013 and it just gets better. It's a real
challenge and so unique compared to other races; plus we don't have to pay the
toll fee to get through! It's fitting that I'm running my fourth BTR Mersey
Tunnel 10K on my wedding day, and this will also be my 85th running event; so a
big thank you to BTR for the work they do for the running community of
Merseyside and beyond."
The BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K always proves popular with club
runners, and this year large contingents from the following clubs will be out in
force to take part:-
► Ellesmere Port RC
► Kirkby Milers
► Knowsley Harriers
► Liverpool Running Club
► Penny Lane Striders
► Wallasey AC
► Warrington RC
The most senior runners taking part are four runners aged between 74 and 88,
► Dorothy Fairhurst, aged 74 from St Helens (St Helens Sutton AC)
► Peter Povey, aged 80 from Chester
► Gordon Brown, aged 82 from Liverpool (Liverpool Harriers AC)
► Eddie Naisby, aged 88 from Ruthin, Wales (Prestatyn
BTR Liverpool is the leading independent organisation for creating, managing and
delivering headline race events in Liverpool City Region. Its growing portfolio
includes:- the Vitality Liverpool ½ Marathon, BTR Liverpool Santa Dash, Wirral ½
Marathon/10K, and 52 mile BTR Tour Of Merseyside (6 races, over 7 days).
The BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K race is the latest event in a year long joint
fundraising partnership between BTR Liverpool and its three official charities.
The BTR Footsteps Fundraisers initiative brings the charities together through
BTR's key race events by encouraging participants to fundraise and support them.
Funds raised will be split equally between the
3 charities:- Radio City's Cash For Kids, Everton in the Community and Zoe's
Finishers receive a bespoke medal, T-shirt and goody bag. Enter
or by visiting the BTR Liverpool's Offices, at:- 82 Market Street, Hoylake,
Wirral, CH47 3BD.