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Weekly Edition - Published  08 September 2016


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Wirral 10K / Wirral ˝ Marathon / Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral

WIRRAL'S parks, coastline and beaches will be alive with the sound of running shoes pounding the pavements across the peninsula, for a running series featuring 3 race events. Hoylake based organisers BTR is hosting a hat trick of races starting this Friday (9 September), with events taking place in Arrowe Park, Thurstaston, Birkenhead Park and New Brighton featuring over 2,000 runners. 1st up is the BTR Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral, which consists of three races over 3 days covering 26 miles. It takes place over Friday, 9 September to Sunday, 11 September 2016.

This is followed by the award winning BTR Wirral Half Marathon and BTR Wirral 10K,  on Sunday, 11 September 2016, for the 4th consecutive year. Entries for both races are still open. The 10K and half marathon races start in Birkenhead Park at 9.30am. The picturesque route will take runners along the Wirral coastline to Fort Perch Rock, before finishing at The Dips in New Brighton. The Half Marathon runners also follow the 10K route, they then continue to Leasowe before returning to cross the finish line at The Dips.

Returning for a 2nd year, the 'Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral' is capped at 350 places and sold out 2 months ago. The challenge was added to the BTR portfolio last year following the growing success of the 6 race, 52 mile Tour Of Merseyside, which also features 2 races in Wirral. The challenge starts this Friday (7pm start) with a fast 5 mile race at Arrowe Park, followed by a challenging 8 miles multi terrain at Thurstaston and along the beach and Wirral Way on Saturday (10am start). The runners then join the main field on Sunday and participate in the Wirral Half Marathon. Collectively, the BTR Wirral Half Marathon/10K was named Event Of The Year 2015 at the Wirral Tourism Awards, when judges praised its high levels of customer service, growth, quality standards and media coverage. It has continued to grow and now features the Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral.

BTR Liverpool is the leading independent organisation for creating, managing and delivering headline race events across Liverpool City Region. Its growing portfolio includes the Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon; Mersey Tunnel 10K and Liverpool Santa Dash.

BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell commented:- "This weekend's races will challenge, inspire and empower the runners to really test themselves. Wirral lends itself to hosting running events of varying distances and terrains, so again we're delighted to be showcasing the locations through some of our key race events. The Wirral 10K is ideal for runners starting to increase race distances. The 10K and half marathon routes are fast and flat, and will also give experienced runners an excellent environment to chase a personal best time. There is a lot of excitement and anticipation amongst the 350 Wirral Tourists taking on the 26 mile race series, the varying terrains are a challenge alone. I'd encourage spectators to come along to New Brighton on Sunday to cheer on the runners as they cross the finish line to complete the 10K, half marathon and Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral; their determination, relief and elation is a special sight. It's going to be a fantastic weekend of racing in Wirral."


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