The 10k and Half Marathon routes are flat and fast - perfect for that pb! Both races start in Victoria Park as in previous years now head into town and along the famous Lord Street (a Victorian canopied boulevard edged in gardens). Runners pass the Monument, War Memorial and Town Hall before the 10k turns left towards the Lake and the Half Marathon runners head North for a quick trip around Hesketh Park, passed the Golf Club and return to the coast before heading south towards the Marine Lake.
The race continues along the Promenade and under the Pier, through Kings Gardens, around the Marine Lake and back to the coast via the lakeside pathway before heading south again and the finish line in Victoria Park. The route is the only running event in the history of Southport to be permitted to close Lord Street to traffic and allow 1000s of participants to run through the heart of this famous seaside resort!
The 1 mile fun run will take place within Victoria Park.Race Website
2014 Southport Half Marathon was a big improvement! There were some changes to the route which really helped, meant that the long out and back section wasn't quite so long, and saved a loop back at the end. There were also a few opportunities to see runners going in the opposite direction - high banter potential! Plenty of water, I'm glad to report! There was a lap of the park at the end which was quite a challenge. Again, it doubled as the first lef of the Tour of Merseyside. For that reason, I'll be doing it again!
Interesting race - friendly. Start of the BTR tour of Liverpool. There is one stretch which is pretty boring but - on the plus side - it's very flat indeed, In 2013 the water ran out at the 8m station, which meant there was no water from 5m until 12m. it was very hot indeed, so this was a problem. I'm sure they will improve this next year, though. PB potential definitely.