Runners get on their marks
for hat trick of races across Wirral
THIS Sunday, 10 September 2017, will see the
award winning BTR Wirral
½ Marathon and 10K return for a 5th consecutive
year. While runners keen to take on more of a challenge will be competing in the
3rd Annual 26 mile Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral.
The Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral is a series of 3 races staged over 3 days, Friday,
8 September 2017 to Sunday, 10 September 2017.
The event will take runners across various distances and terrain in 3 different
The BTR Wirral ½ Marathon and 10K was named as Event Of The Year 2015 at the
Wirral Tourism Awards; and this year it returns with a slight change to the
Due to extensive ongoing works near the 4 Bridges in Birkenhead, this year's BTR Wirral
½ Marathon and 10K will have a
combined start and finish area in New Brighton, the previous race start was in
Birkenhead Park. The dual race starts at 9.30am on Sunday.
The works mean a change to the 1st 3 miles of the ½ marathon and 10K race
routes. After setting off from Coastal Drive at New Brighton, the runners will
head out along the promenade to Seacombe Ferry, before heading back to New
They will follow the course as in previous years by passing Fort Perch Rock, and
heading along Ian Fraser Walk to the clown roundabout. The 10K runners will then
return to Coastal Drive to finish, while the ½ marathon runners will continue
towards the Leasowe Lighthouse before also returning to Coastal Drive.
The events have attracted participants from Scotland, Norway and the United
States of America.
The events are organised by Hoylake based BTR,
the leading independent organisation for creating, managing and delivering
headline race events across Liverpool City Region. Its growing portfolio
includes the BTR Liverpool ½ Marathon; BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K; and BTR
Liverpool Santa Dash.
BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell commented:- "Good luck to everyone taking
part in this weekend's hat-trick of Wirral races. The locations offer
participants diverse and challenging running terrains set against impressive
scenery, and last year we saw impressive performances across all 3 races.
Due to the ongoing road works at Birkenhead, we have had to revise the 1st 3
miles which means that for the 1st in this event we have a combined start and
finish line area. I'd encourage people to come along and cheer on the runners,
that vital support will help carry them through their races and to the finish
The Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral officially
starts at 7pm on Friday at Arrowe Park with a 5 mile off road race. This is
followed the next morning, at 10am, with 8 miles of challenging multi terrain, at Thurstaston Country Park, Thurstaston
Beach and the Wirral Way. The 3rd race in
the series is the Wirral ½ Marathon on the Sunday morning, when the Wirral
Tourists join the main field of runners.
The 2017's Whistle Stop event will be hotly contested with last year's top 3 male and female finishers returning to again take on the challenge; Mark
Dunham, Terry Forrest, Alan Kennedy, Carmel Triggs, Fiona Cook and Jen Adams.
Last year's 1st place 10K male and female
finishers are also returning to defend their titles. Dejene Gezimu from
Liverpool Harriers AC is hoping to achieve a consecutive hat trick.
Kirsty Longley from Liverpool Pembroke Sefton
Harriers; who last year set a new female course record in 35:32; has already
won the BTR Wirral 10K 3 times, having taken the honours in 2013, 2015 and
2016. in 2016, Kirsty knocked 46 2nds off her winning time from her
previous fastest 1st place finish in 2015.
The weekend's most senior runners are 70 year old, Paul Rylance and 69 year old,
Pat Wright, in the Whistle Stop Tour; while 80 year old, Ronnie Jones and
72 year old, Moira Hutchinson will both run in the 10K
The official event charity is Claire House Children's Hospice, which has bases
in Wirral and Liverpool. The charity will be present with a volunteer team
giving out medals. The team will also be on-hand at the start and finish line
area with information about fundraising for Claire House. There will be ½ marathon pacers for:- 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20 and
2:30 finish times.
All finishers across the 3 races will receive a bespoke commemorative medal,
T-shirt and goody bag.
Sue Johnston to be Master of Ceremonies
as the 96 are remembered in Wirral
BROOKSIDE and Royle Family actress Sue
Johnston has been confirmed as Master of Ceremonies on Friday, 15 September 2017,
when Wirral Council publicly honours the 96 men, women and children who were
unlawfully killed at Hillsborough, on 15 April 1989.
Sue has long supported the campaign for justice and attended the Hillsborough
inquests to show her support.
Sue will officiate at the public part of the proceedings outside Wallasey Town
Hall at 6pm on Friday, September 15, when the gardens on the banks of the
Mersey, looking over to Anfield, home of Liverpool FC, are dedicated as a
permanent memorial to the 96. The public are invited to gather on the promenade on the riverfront in time
for a 6pm, start for the dedication of the gardens. The public are also invited to view the Freedom Scrolls, at Birkenhead Town
Hall, Hamilton Square, on Tuesday, 12 September 2017, from 10am to 5.30pm, where they
will be on public display.
The gardens are intended to be a lasting
tribute to those who died, and to the courage, dignity and tenacity of the
families and their campaign for justice.
Earlier, an Extraordinary Meeting of Wirral Council will meet to officially
grant Freedom of the Borough to the 96, 12 of whom came from Wirral. Among the
speakers will be Steve Kelly of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.
Cllr Phil Davies, Leader, Wirral Council, said:- "We are delighted that
Sue has agreed to join us on the day. Her work has a special place in the hearts
of many Merseyside people, and her support for the Hillsborough families and
their campaign for justice is well documented."
Margaret Aspinall, Chair of The Hillsborough
Family Support Group said:- "Sue Johnston and I have worked together quite
a lot over the years and I am pleased to say we have become close friends, so I
am absolutely delighted that she has agreed to join us on this special occasion.
Sue is a great friend of all the Hillsborough families and attended the inquests
in Warrington on a number of occasions to show her support. I am sure the
families will all be pleased to see her."
An all Party group, comprising Cllr Phil Davies, Cllr Paul Hayes and Cllr Phil
Gilchrist, has been working in partnership with the Mayor's Office in the run up
to the event.
A565 bridge reopens this weekend
A new bridge over a major route in and
out of Liverpool reopens at teatime, on Saturday, 9 September 2017. The route over the
A565 Great Howard Street has been closed for the last year to allow for the ₤10
million replacement of the structure, which transports traffic over a disused
railway line, to North Liverpool Docks. 1 lane of the dual carriageway will open in each direction, at 5pm, on Saturday,
9 September 2017, following completion of the complex engineering project, which has
been carried out by Graham Construction.
The remaining lane in each direction and pavements will remain closed to allow
for work to be completed on footpaths and the installation of utilities.
The works form part of a wider ₤100 million infrastructure programme along the
City's Atlantic Corridor to help regenerate north Liverpool.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ann O'Byrne, said:- "We would like to thank motorists
and local residents for their patience while this work has been carried out.
It has been a challenging engineering project due to the age of the structure
and the condition of the foundations, but what we have now is a new bridge which
will carry thousands of vehicles over it every day for many decades to come.
This is a really crucial route in and out of the City, which is why we are
investing significantly to make sure it is able to carry freight and cars. This
is especially important on this route due to the completion of the new Liverpool
2 deep water port which is absolutely critical to the future economic success of
the City Region and will help create and support many jobs. Although the road is
now open, there will be lane closures until spring 2019 as we complete work on
other stretches of the road."
The new 2.7km long stretch in the City's Atlantic corridor is seen as crucial to
a new creative district in the area; called 10 Streets and will have spin off
benefits for Everton FC's proposed new stadium at nearby Bramley Moore Dock.
The new dual carriageway, part funded by the Liverpool City Region Growth Deal,
will also pave the way for a major revamp of the historic Regent Road, better
known locally as the "the
Dock Road" to make that more pedestrian and bike friendly, creating a
continuous cycle route from Crosby to Liverpool.
Other Phases of the ₤48m programme to upgrade the A565
will require lane restrictions and will see:-
► Phase 1:- Leeds Street to Blackstone Street – Road widening phase (completed by
► Phase 2:- Bankhall Street to Millers Bridge – Road widening phase (starting
► Phase 3:- Regent Road from Paisley Street to Nelson Street – New
pavement/Resurfacing and cycleway provision phase (starting late October 2017)
► Phase 4:- Boundary Street to Everton View – Upgrade of Traffic Signalised
junctions and Street lighting with associated resurfacing (starting spring 2018)
Expected to finish by Summer 2019, the works are part of Liverpool City Council's wider ₤250m Better Roads programme to improve the
infrastructure and will be complemented by the creation of 2 new ₤20m
waterfront link roads at the City centre end of the A565, which is being built
to support a proposed new Cruise passenger facility.
Funding for the project is coming from:-
► Department for Transport:- ₤21.8 million - of which ₤13.3 million is from the
Liverpool City Region Growth Deal secured by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
► Liverpool City Council:- ₤8.5 million.
► Sefton Council:- ₤2 million.
Over the next few years it is estimated that around ₤250 million will be spent
upgrading the City's roads carrying out improvements and tackling the historic
backlog of highways repairs.
For more information about highways investment in the City can be found on
Liverpool loose 2022
Commonwealth Games Bid
A leaked report reviled that Liverpool
has lost out to an unlikely rival, Birmingham in the bid to host the 2022
Commonwealth Games. Liverpool can still bid to host the 23rd Edition of
the Games in 2026, but chances of Liverpool of ever hosting the games look
dashed. With disappointment in Liverpool, Birmingham now faces the
logistical challenge of securing the full UK's bid, then if successful, to host
it and all that will involve. We wish Birmingham all the best in its bid, as it
should be particularly strong because of its "high quality"
existing venues, unlike Liverpool, that is in the process of building new
venues. Please email us your thoughts on this topic to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.Com as we would love to hear them.