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Springing Back On Merseyside

Mersey Tunnel 10K springs back to April date with 1,200 runners taking part at the weekend...

Runners sprung into action at the weekend for the 17th staging of the BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K. The point-to-point race returned to its traditional spring date for the first time since 2019, proving popular with those gearing up for this weekend’s London Marathon.
 
A start line featuring 1,200 runners gathered in Liverpool city centre on Sunday (16 April), before they made their way into the Kingsway Tunnel to run under the River Mersey. After emerging on the Wirral side of the tunnel, they headed to Seacombe Promenade and along to Fort Perch Rock and the Marine Lake, before crossing the finish line on Ian Fraser Walk in New Brighton overlooking the River Mersey.
 
This year's race was won by Ben Taylor of Pensby Runners in a time of 34:17 with Derri Henderson of Kirkby Milers AC claiming second in 34:45 and Matthew Gawne of Altrincham And District Athletic Club in 34:54.
 
Lisa Gawthorne took first place female in 38:03 representing Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton Harriers AC. Northern Masters AC's Alison Reid took second place in 41:54 with third place going to Donna McKenna of Penny Lane Striders in 42:11.
 
The largest turn-out of runners from local clubs included Kirkby Milers AC, Liverpool Running Club, Mikkeller Running Club Liverpool, Penny Lane Striders, Rimrose Runners, and Wallasey AC.
 
BTR Liverpool Race Director Alan Rothwell enthused: “Congratulations to our 1,200 participants who completed this year’s BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K. All pushing on through the wind and rain to collect their well-earned medals.
 
“BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K is unique. There is always a brilliant atmosphere, with plenty of oggy oggy oggy chanting between the runners to spur each other along. A big thank you to everyone who took part, the spectators, and excellent volunteer teams from Everton in the Community, LFC Foundation, and Liverpool Running Bugs.
 
“We’re delighted the race is back in its traditional spring date and the week before the London Marathon. Next year’s date is already confirmed as 14 April 2024 – entries are open now.”
 
If you'd like to know more about the 2024 staging, visit the BTR Liverpool website.

Image: Paul Francis Cooper/BTR Liverpool

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