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Mersey Tunnel 10K Runners

Tunnel 10K's Tour De Force

Runners turn out in force for the return of the Mersey Tunnel 10K...

The BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K returned on Sunday (26 September) after a break of almost two-and-a-half-years. The 10K is the only time people can make their way through the Kingsway Tunnel on foot – making it one of the most unique running events in the country.

A total of 1,327 runners completed the 15th staging of the race, which started in Liverpool city centre and finished across the River Mersey in New Brighton. 

Joseph Boden from Wallasey AC won the race finishing in 32:08, second place was Jack McVann running for Hillingdon AC in 34:27. Francois Rafferty from Southport & Waterloo AC took third place with a time of 34:35.
 
First place female was Fay Hughes from UTS Run Club finishing in 38:01, second place was Carmel Edwards from BTR Road Runners in 39:22 and Felicity Newton took third place in 42:48.
 
It was a case of déjà vu for female winner Fay and second place Carmel – who both took the same podium places in the BTR Liverpool Skyline Half Marathon just two weeks ago.
 
The race was started by regular BTR event runner Bex Dennehy from Crosby. It was the first race back for Bex after completing chemotherapy treatment. She proudly wore Race Number 1 and sounded the horn to start the race before joining in.
 
BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell commented: “The return of the BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K after 18 months was everything we were hoping for – the sun even came out to shine on the runners as they crossed the finish line.
 
“The atmosphere on tunnel race day always feels a little bit different to our other races, there is a heightened anticipation especially with some running through the tunnel for the first time. We also have regulars who make it an annual pilgrimage. That’s what makes this race incredibly unique, you can’t do this any other time except on race day.
 
“A big thank you to our volunteer teams who make the race day experience very special for everyone taking part. Well done to 4 Coy Merseyside Army Cadet Force, Dockside Runners, Everton in the Community, and a dedicated group of helpers from across the Merseyside running community who always lend a hand when they’re not running themselves.”

Next year’s event date has been confirmed as Sunday 11 September – entries are open now at the BTR Liverpool website
 
Image: BTR Liverpool 

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