What a great day to host a race on the waterfront.
Biggest turn out so far with 2,852 finishers and won in an impressive time of just over 31 minutes. Pall Mall seemed absolutely packed as 9.30am approached and it may well be that the event is now at capacity for entries.
The first 2K was rearranged due to access issues for the Student Halls Of Residents on Naylor Street resulting in a zig zag approach to tunnel itself – by which time the eventual winner Tarus Elly from Salford Harriers was beginning to impose his authority on the race. Liverpool Harrier John McCole was pushing all the way but just couldn’t find the speed to pull Tarus back as they battled out of the tunnel, along Dock Road and then the full length of the promenade.
Kirsty Longley from Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton put in a powerful performance to win the ladies race in 37mins 45seconds.
As many of you will already know the home stretch along the promenade always seems to entice people to push on, especially with the finish line in sight. The finish was about 600 meters earlier on the promenade due to the changes on the Liverpool side and no further changes are anticipated for next year. Hopefully this will help those planning a sprint finish!
Talking of the finish line I think the new location is good alongside the War Memorial at the bottom of Magazine Lane but the space needs to be utilised better.
We’ve got a great finish (especially when the weather is like yesterday) so we need to make use of it.
Finally, those of out there who just run without entering and those of you who take more then one t shirt and medal, you’re spoiling it for those at the rear of the filed. You know who you are.
I think next year all event awards will be given out in a bag rather than individually. One bag. All items. Medal, T shirt, fruit and water. Stricter regime required I’m afraid. Some people can’t be trusted.
When a family is seen walking along the prom and they are all wearing event T shirts and only one ran there has to be tighter control.
It has been suggested that the race instructions advise people to buy a train ticket in advance of race day to avoid queueing at New Brighton station. It would be helpful if additional staff could be arranged given the race shouldn’t come as a surprise.
We’ll see. Onward and upward. Tour of Merseyside next.
Entries are now closed for the btr Mersey Tunnel 10K.
Due to a late influx of entrants, we've had to close entries at 3,200. Thanks for everyone who has entered, see you all on the day and have a great run!
With the event being in early June there always tends to be a relaxed atmosphere at the Mersey Tunnel 10K. Most of those taking part have been before and tend to compare notes with friends about how they’re feeling, are they going for a good time and so on.
Pall Mall is a good size road to start on and allows everyone to get off to a fast start.
The massed ranks congregate by the Mercedes Showroon on the corner of Pall Mall and Leeds Street in readiness for the 9.30am start. At 9.15am sharp the baggage vehicles are sent on their way and the mood starts to change with laughter making way for the muffled sound of concentration. The shuffle for a good position in the line up begins as arms and legs are shaken off in an attempt to stay loose. Many stare at their watches as the minutes tick by and the P.A. announcements encourage runners to prepare for the gun.
The air horn sounds and there is sudden movement as the 1000s of participants lurch forward on their first steps to New Brighton.
Within minutes the descent into the tunnel begins as within less than a mile everyone is waving goodbye to Liverpool as they stare into the less than daylight and the sounds of shouts and screams indicate the tunnel has been breached.
So far so good as the pace picks up and the Oggy Oggy Oggy chant reverberates around the curved walls of the long underground cavern. No Beatles here but what you can hear are bits of conversation as you go.... “it doesn’t look this big when you’re in the car... It’s not as steep as I thought...” and then suddenly, the incline kicks in! As every runner knows, what goes down must come up and at the base of the tunnel it becomes apparent. Heads now bowed and conversation muted the intrepid road warriors begin the attack on Wirral.
The small light up ahead doesn’t seem to move but then gets bigger all of a sudden... and then, you’re back out into daylight. It all seems too quick but wait – we’re still going up. Yes, not quite at the half way point the incline continues along to the tunnel exit where the grassy slopes of Oakdale Road greet your heavy breathing and sooth you tiredness with energy giving water. Oh the relief... and within seconds you’re off again. No time to lose as you head toward the welcome flatness of Egremont Promeade.
Turning on to the long and almost winding roadway it’s as if you can see the finish line – but do not be deceived, it’s still two miles away. That optical illusion will remain just that for another ten minutes or so. In the meantime just enjoy the view over your right shoulder as the Liverpool skyline sneaks up on you unannounced.
Whilst you are distracted you will probably not have noticed the finish line is now getting nearer. It dawns on you very quickly that the end really is in sight. One glance at your watch and your doing well. Potential P.B. here so the focus returns. You’re putting the effort in but the finish is still in the distance. Push. Push. Aaaaahhhh Brilliant the finish line brings it’s own instant relief as you stop your watch, glance at the gantry clock and wonder if you’ve improved on your 10K time??? I have!!!
Now there’s just one thing on your mind now... “how do I get back?”
The accurately measured 10K course starts on Pall Mall in Liverpool city centre and travels along approximately 1 mile of roads before entering the Kingsway Tunnel via the emergency exit at the end of Blackstock Street.
After a sharp u turn off the emergency exit runners then begin the gentle descent down under the River Mersey. The Tunnel entrance marks the 2K point with markers for 3K and 4K positioned inside the Tunnel.
Around 3.5K runners notice the descent level off before staring the long, slow ascent out of the Tunnel and into the daylight on the Wirral side of the river.
Leaving the Tunnel via the Emergency exit before the toll booths, runners move on to Oakdale Road and a welcome slight downhill section at 5K where the first drinks station is located.
The second half of the course is as flat as it comes with a further mile from the Tunnel to the Wallasey Ferry terminal where runners can see the finish at New Brighton – albeit 2 miles away!
When the going gets tough… the tough get going with some participants attacking the final stretch whilst others just take the promenade in their stride.
The second drinks station is located at 7K at the bottom of the Town Hall steps on the promenade.
The finish is located at the end of the promenade just before the public highway starts – a unique and inspiring 10K event.
Please click on the map below to view an enlarged version.
The start area is located on the north side of Pall Mall at the junction of Leeds Street. There is a Mercedes showroom at this location.
The nearest main line train station is Lime Street which is a 25 minute walk from the start area. The nearest local train train station is James Street on the Liverpool loop line. It is possible to get the loop line train from Lime Street to James Street which is approximately a 15 minute walk from the start area.
The waterfront roads are well signposted from any direction when approaching the city centre. Follow city centre signs or the brown Tourist signs for Albert Dock. At the end of Great Howard Street you will see a BMW showroom. At these traffic lights turn left on to Leeds Street. Pall Mall start area is next left alongside the Mercedes showroom.
There is car parking at the NCP on the south of Pall Mall. Turn right at the lights by the SEAT showroom
From the south follow the signs into the city and look out for Albert Dock, Liverpool Arena and Liverpool ONE shopping centre. The Liver Buildings will be on your left just after these locations. Follow the road past the Radisson Blue Hotel on your right on to Leeds Street. You will see the Mercedes showroom ahead of you.
From the east (M62 / Edge Lane) follow city centre signs all the way into the city itself on to Scotland Road via Hunter Street. Follow Scotland Road to the next main junction (at JMU building on your right) and turn left on to Leeds Street at this location.
The start area is further along Leeds Street on your right, NCP parking on the left at the SEAT showroom.
From Wirral / Kingsway Tunnel exit (Wallasey) on to Scotland toward the city centre and follow the right hand turn at the first main set of traffic lights (after exiting) on to Leeds Street. Follow this road on to the waterfront area just after the Radisson Blue Hotel which will be on your left hand side.
From Queensway Tunnel exit (Birkenhead) turn second left upon exiting the tunnel on to Scotland Road and take a left turn the second set of traffic light opposite JMU building on to Leeds Street.
The start area is further along Leeds Street on your right, NCP parking on the left at the SEAT showroom.
Sat nav postcode for Liver Building guidance is - L3 7DB.
Road closure information along the course will be posted when confirmed along with a suggestion of the anticipated times that roads will be closed.
We get asked a variety of questions about our events. If you cannot find the answer below, please email us and we’ll respond as soon as possible.
A lot of runners arrange to be met on the Wirral side of the river and indeed many stay at the finish and enjoy the new retail facilities just along the promenade. If you are not being met at the finish then New Brighton train station is a short walk from the finish line and trains run every 30 minutes back to Liverpool. Time table details are included in the race instructions.
Baggage buses are positioned at the start and leave at 9.15am. You bag will be taken over to the finish line at New Brighton where you can collect once you have finished.
Yes the race is electronically timed. Your timing chip is on the back of your number.
Yes. The course is an accurate 10K course and although you descend into the Kingsway Tunnel the distance is picked up by the satellites when you emerge out of the Tunnel on the Wirral side. Due to the straightness of the tunnel the distance is re-calculated quite easily.