The second RunLiverpool Marathon is proving a big hit with runners from as far afield as Australia and Brazil! Interest in the event from beyond Merseyside has been increasing over the last six months with many countries and continents being represented.
Scandinavia is the most popular region outside the U.K. and closer to home the race is popular with runners from the North Midlands and East Yorkshire. 73% of entrants are from outside the Merseyside area proving once again the popularity of Liverpool and the city region as a tourist destination.
If any locals are still looking to enter and feel up to the challenge of brilliant marathon course then entries will remain open until Saturday, 13th October.
With such a major event as a marathon using 26.2 miles of public highway it is inevitable that road closures will be in place along the course.
Full details of the Road Closure Programme can be found on www.runliverpoolmarathon.co.uk
THE START AND THE FINISH
The marathon always receives great local community support and there will be many thousands of people out along the course cheering on the runners – many of whom will be raising money for charities. Liverpool is no exception and the crowds will be out in force. The best vantage points for the event will be at the start in Birkenhead Park, the six mile point is accessible by local transport up at King’s Parade at New Brighton and Hamilton Square in Birkenhead was popular last year just before runners disappear into the Queensway Tunnel.
On the Liverpool side the best location (as voted by the runners) was the exit point from the Tunnel on to New Quay. Many said the noise of the Batala Band and the roar of the crowd as they emerged from the Mersey Tunnel was as emotional as running gets – high praise indeed.
The waterfront roads between the Liver Buildings and the Albert Dock were great viewing locations as were Castle Street and James Street.
All in all it promises to be another fantastic day of racing and running on Merseyside!
Come out and support the runners on Sunday, 14th October.
The full course map is on www.runliverpoolmarathon.co.uk