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Mersey Tunnel 10K

The Mersey Tunnel 10K Course


The accurately measured 10K course starts on Blackstock Street approximately 250 metres before the KingswayTunnel emergency access road.   


After a sharp u turn off the emergency exit runners then begin the gentle 1 mile descent under the River Mersey. The Tunnel entrance marks the 1K point with markers for 2K and 3K positioned inside the Tunnel. 


Around 2.5K 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 on the left hand side (before the toll booths) runners move on to Oakdale Road and a welcome slight downhill section at 4K. This was the half way point in previous years but the 5K point (and water station) is now at the car park just behind the Mersey Ferry terminal on Birkenhead Road.


The second half of the course is as flat as it comes with the full 5K distance from the Wallasey Ferry terminal to the finish at New Brighton running alongside the River Mersey. 


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 near to the 7K at the bottom of the Manor Road.


The finish is now located on Ian Fraser Walk behind the Marine Point retail park. This means runners will continue along the full length of the promenade and then pass on to the public highway at Marine Promenade, past the Floral Pavilion and along the lake pathway – past Perch Rock – and then on to Ian Fraser Walk to finish.

Road Closure Information


The event start line is positioned at the top of the Tunnel emergency exit road at Blackstock Street. Other than Blackstock Street itself there are no other road closures on the Liverpool side.


Runners will exit the Kingsway Tunnel at Oakdale Avenue shortly after 9.45am moving toward the Dock Road where they will then turn left toward Birkenhead Road. They will then pass through Victoria Place onto the promenade, at the end of Magazine Promenade at Vale Park, runners will then use Tower Promenade and Marine Promenade as far as the Floral Pavilion at which point runners will use the Perch Rock access road to run around the Marine Lake to finish on Ian Fraser Walk.

There will be a road closure and diversionary plan in place along these roads whilst the event is in progress. The westbound side of Dock Road will remain open and the northbound side of Birkenhead Road will be passable with care as the runners will cross from left to right off the roundabout at the bottom of Kelvin Road. Traffic will NOT be able to pass from Tower Road to Birkenhead Road whilst the race is in progress.

Residents in Birkenhead Road will be able to exit the road via Church Road, returning via Kelvin Road. Residents in Borough Road East/Demesne Street and Seacombe View can exit via the roundabout at Victoria Place through Church Road southwards. The affected roads will be opened as soon as the last runner passes each point which at Victoria Place will be approximately 10.30am. Diversionary routes on the approaches to all of these roads will be in place on the morning and advance warning signs will be posted one week before the event.

I hope that you will not be inconvenienced on the day and that this advance warning of the traffic management will allow you to plan your day. Should you require any further information please contact me

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