4th July, 2019
TOUR RUNNERS REACH HALF-WAY POINT OF 52-MILE MERSEY RACE
BTR Tour Of Merseyside Marks 7th Annual Event
Six Races Over Seven Days Covers 52 Miles
A group of 400 runners have reached the half-way point of the 52-mile BTR Tour Of Merseyside – which continues this evening with a five-mile fancy dress race in Otterspool (Thursday, 4 July)!
This is the seventh consecutive year for the endurance event, which comprises six races across seven days covering 52 miles.
The BTR Tour Of Merseyside (TOM) was created by BTR Liverpool Race Director Alan Rothwell. First staged in 2013, the unique race has gone on to become a real highlight in the North West running calendar.
Once completed, competitors collect the coveted ‘52’ commemorative finishers’ medal and have the right to call themselves a Tourist!
The TOM consists of six races of varying distances and terrain across Liverpool City Region, with races staged in areas of Sefton, Wirral, Liverpool and Knowsley.
The runners have already covered 29 miles, having completed Southport Half Marathon on Sunday (30 June), where runners were guests of Epic Events. The next evening (Monday, 1 July) they ran six miles along Thurstaston beach and trail terrain, followed by 10 miles on the Sustrans Loopline in Walton on Tuesday evening (2 July).
Runners then had a rest day half-way through the week (Wednesday, 3 July).
There are now just three races left in the BTR Tour Of Merseyside 2019.
This evening (Thursday, 4 July), the aspiring Tourists will run five miles along the Liverpool waterfront at Otterspool Promenade. This is the shortest race distance of the week and previous Tourists have now adopted this race as fancy dress day – which always helps to give the runners a lift at this stage of the race.
The challenge will then conclude with six miles cross country at Stadt Moers in Knowsley on Friday evening (5 July), followed by the final 12 miles along the Wirral coast on Saturday morning (6 July).
The final race will see the runners set off from New Brighton at 10am and head towards Hoylake with one mile across the beach, and return to New Brighton.
After completing the final race, the Tourists will receive the much sought after ‘52’ commemorative finishers’ medal and a bespoke T-shirt featuring the names of the 2019 Tourists.
Tourists then mark their achievement at a celebration event in Liverpool, which includes a prize presentation and special Tour Of Merseyside video, featuring specially recorded footage from each race day.
During its inaugural year in 2013, a modest 73 runners completed the Tour Of Merseyside. This year’s field includes 15 ever present Tourists who have taken part in all previous six TOM races, including just three women – they are hoping to collect their seventh TOM medal.
Local clubs flying the flag with the most team runners include Penny Lane Striders, BTR Road Runners, Knowsley Harriers, Liverpool Running Club, Warrington RC, and St Helens Striders.
This year’s participants also include runners who have travelled from the Isle of Man, Norway and Thailand especially to take part.
Hoylake-based race organisers BTR Liverpool is the leading independent organisation for creating, managing and delivering headline race events across Liverpool City Region. The BTR event portfolio also includes the BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K, Port Sunlight Road Race 5K and 10K; and BTR Liverpool Santa Dash.
BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell commented:
“We’re already half-way through the BTR Tour Of Merseyside 2019 – and this year’s event is already shaping up to be another incredible year. The camaraderie grows before your eyes with each race, which is what makes the Tour truly unique and special.
“It’s a really tough, tiring week. The aspiring Tourists are juggling work and home life with the preparation for a daily race, so everyone is doing amazing and really throwing themselves into the Tour.
“The atmosphere is electric and the smiles speak for themselves. I’d encourage spectators to come along and cheer on the Tourists, support really does go a long way in getting you over the finish line.”