Following the unfortunate cancellation of the Marathon a new Wirral Half Marathon and 10K event has been proposed for the existing marathon date, Sunday 13th October.
The plan is to use the existing structure of the course between Birkenhead Park and New Brighton but have runners running in one direction only and avoiding the residential roads between Church Road and Rowson Street. This will be achieved by passing along the promenade from the Wallasey Ferry as far as New Brighton and then past Perch Rock and along Ian Fraser Walk behind the new Marine Point retail park.
The 10K finish will be as last year on Coastal Drive and half marathon runners will continue along the Coastal Walk promenade before returning to pass the Derby Pool and a loop on King’s Parade.
Kit bags will be transported from Birkenhead Park to the finish at New Brighton and anyone wanting to return to Birkenhead park can use the MerseyRail network which is a short walk away.
Entries will open as soon as confirmation of arrangements are agreed with Wirral Council. Watch this space.
Entries can be taken via the online facility, by downloading and entry form and sending in to the event office or by calling in in person to the btr office at 23 Hatton Garden, Liverpool. Race packs will be sent out approximately three weeks before the race date or as when received after that date, subject to entries still being taken.
Please Note: We CANNOT take event entries over the phone
Wirral 10K Standard Entry £20 / BTR Membership £18 / Affiliated UKA Member £17 / Affiliated and BTR Member £15
Without around 4,000 runners congregating on the Upper Field in Birkenhead the atmosphere was remarkable on 14th October as spectators mingled with runners in eager anticipation of a great race which saw a mix of 10K and marathon runners set off of a cold but bright Autumn morning.
Many people wondered how it would work with potentially faster 10K runners jostling for positions near the front as if they were running in competition with the marathon men – and women. On the day it worked perfectly with everyone running as one and with the start gun sounding bang on 9.30am they were all set on their way – each and every one with a different aim and a different ambition.
Whether it was a fast time or the challenge of a first ever race it didn’t matter.
The day was great to start with and it just got better as the morning worn on. For some the six mile marker on Coastal Drive was as far as it went. A medal, a T shirt, a drink and a rest. For others, they were only just getting started.
The RunWirral 10K is a point to point course and is particularly flat starting in Birkenhead Park following a route along Vittoria Street, Tower Road, Four Bridges, Church Street, Brighton Street, King Street, Seabank Road, Rowson Street, King’s Parade to finish on Coastal Drive.
Start line – Birkenhead Park.
Mile 1 – just before the exit from the park via the Grand Archway.
Mile 2 – just before the last bridge on Tower Road.
Mile 3 – just after the start of the promenade at Wallasey Ferry.
Mile 4 – just before Manor Road on the promenade.
Mile 5 – in front of the Floral Pavilion.
Mile 6 – just after the Clown Roundabout.
Mile 6.2 (10K) – Coastal Drive - FINISH
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.
Sunday 13th October 2013, starting at 9.30am
The race start is at (Upper Park) Birkenhead Park, Wirral.
At the same time! Both sets of runners will make their way into time order start pens and everybody goes off together.
No, people should be running at the same speed (if they are in the correct time pen) no matter whether they are in the 10K or the Marathon. To start one event before the other is an impossibility due to the length of time we are able to keep the road network closed.
All participants will receive a commemorative medal and technical T shirt.
The course is the first 6.2 miles of the RunLiverpool Marathon. An image of the course may be found under the course section of this website.
Race packs are sent out approximately three weeks before the event date.
There is no obligation to raise money for charity. However, you are welcome to raise money for any charity of your choosing. You will need to contact your charity directly as the event does not provide sponsorship forms or charity information.
Unfortunately not. BTR Liverpool / Wirral operates a no refund, deferral or entry transfer policy. The terms and conditions of entry are listed on the web site at the point of online entry and on the printed entry form.
As with the marathon runners most people will access Birkenhead Park via the local train network or event shuttle bus from Liverpool city centre. Trains will be running from 6.30am from Liverpool but NOT the Wirral or Northern Lines. The 6.30am start will only be for trains on the city centre loop line. Full details will be included in the race pack provided and will appear on the web site as soon as confirmed. Anyone travelling to Birkenhead Park by car will be required to park at the designated Park and Ride facility which will be a short distance from the start area.
Anyone who needs to get back to Birkenhead Park will need to use the Wirral Line New Brighton train service to Liverpool. The station is a short walk from the finish area. There will be changing facilities at the finish area and upon completion all competitors will receive a commemorative medal and technical T shirt. The finish area will be located on Coastal Drive and 10K runners will split off the main promenade at the second roundabout (on to Coastal Drive) as marathon runners will continue on along King’s Parade.
The 10K finish area is in a perfect location to watch the marathon runners as they continue along King’s Parade before returning back on the opposite side of the road on their way back to the River Mersey Promenade en route to Liverpool. The 10K point is a great place to relax as there is plenty of open space and just across the way from the finish line is the new Marine Point retail park where you can relax and enjoy a coffee, a bite to eat and a stroll to unwind.
Entries to the first RunWirral 10K will be limited to 3,000 and will be available on a first come first served basis. Entry fee is £23 for UKA affiliated club runners and £25 for non – affiliated runners. The entry fee is non refundable once accepted and cannot be transferred under any circumstances.
The event will have an official UKA Permit.
In accordance with the UKA rules ipods and other such mp3 devices are not allowed. BTRLiverpool/Wirral can only advise that not wearing listening devices is in the interest of your personal safety. It is at your discretion should you choose to ignore this instruction.
Yes there are baggage buses. They are located towards the back of the start pens on the roadway within the park. Be sure to put your baggage on the specific 10K baggage buses as the marathon baggage buses will end up in Liverpool!
Toilets are located towards back of the start pens and the baggage buses along the roadway within the park.
Results will be posted on http://www.tdl.ltd.uk as soon as confirmed.