30 And Going Strong
Join the celebrations next March as Liverpool Half Marathon turns 30...
The Liverpool Half Marathon is the longest established road race on Merseyside and in 2024 reaches its 30th anniversary with more than 6000 runners set to join the celebrations on the Liverpool waterfront in the shadow of the famous Liver Building on 17 March.
It will be 30 years since the start of what was originally known as the Liverpool International Half Marathon back in 1994. The course has varied over the years and was even hosted by the London Marathon Company back in 2005 and 2006. However, in recent years it has settled down to use an established course, which boasts a grandstand start and finish on the city’s iconic and world-famous waterfront.
And with Liverpool now a firm visitor destination with people from across the world, the event attracts runners from far and wide. The race has also become a firm favourite in the lead up to the London Marathon with many people using the race as a test of their progress as they head toward the tail end of their marathon training.
There is a 10 mile race held in conjunction with the half marathon which sets off at the same time and finishes in the same location. The 10 mile option cuts out the Sefton Park section with both half marathon and 10 mile runners merging at the seven and four mile point respectively as the course heads toward the waterfront.
BTR Liverpool's Alan Rothwell has been involved with the event from the very beginning and is delighted that it has stood the test of time over the last 30 years, he said: "It's great to see the Liverpool Half Marathon still playing a key role in Merseyside in 2023 and I had no idea back in 1994 that I would still be involved with this amazing race.
"We are also excited that the 2024 race will take place on St. Patrick's Day which is always well supported in Liverpool so there are bound to be some serious celebrations going on in the city centre on 17th! And new for 2024 we've special commemorative hoodies to match the finisher t-shirts!"
Image: BTR Liverpool