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Skyline half marathon returns this weekend

MORE than 3,000 runners will take to the streets of Liverpool this weekend for one of the region’s most established races.

The BTR Liverpool Skyline Half Marathon takes place on Sunday (27 March), and is the 29th annual staging of the 13.1-mile race. This event also includes the seventh annual BTR Liverpool 10 Mile Road Race.

The races start together at 9am from Pier Head Liverpool on the city’s iconic waterfront. Runners are reminded the clocks go forward one hour the night before the race to mark the start of British Summertime.

Organisers BTR Liverpool continue to implement Covid-19 safety measures, including encouraging runners to take a lateral flow test beforehand. Online entries will close at midnight on Wednesday (23 March).

This weekend officially launches the BTR race calendar for 2022, which comprises of 10 running events throughout the year including the Mersey Tunnel 10K and Liverpool Santa Dash.

Both race distances boast a number of senior runners from across the region, aged between 70 and 84.

Overseas runners taking part are travelling from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Isle Of Man, Italy, Jersey, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and the United States of America.

BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell said: “We are full of excitement, anticipation, and real optimism as we kick-start our 2022 race calendar with one of the longest established races in the region. We’re already working on changing the format of the Liverpool Half Marathon 2023 to celebrate its milestone 30th anniversary year – so watch this space for updates after this year’s race.”

Official time pacers will support runners in the half marathon. Volunteer teams assisting on the day include Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Dockside Runners, GoodGym Liverpool, Merseyside Army Cadet Force, North West Air Ambulance, and Penny Lane Striders.

The Gym at Liverpool ONE is once again supporting the event, offering runners a free one day pass valid on race day to use the changing facilities.

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