The Wirral half is organised by BTR who also run the very popular Liverpool half marathon in March and the Santa Dash in December which sees thousands of runners take to the streets in santa suits (there's blue suits available for the Evertonians!)
The Wirral half is a relatively new addition to the running calendar which attracts around 2000 runners. There is also a 10k if the half is a little too far.
A fast course along the promenade with brilliant views of the iconic Liverpool skyline across the Mersey River.
Overall a very positive experience. The course is flat and fast, with a small amount of rougher ground to negotiate, but most seasoned runners will have no problem at all, and it certainly didn't detract from the event. It's coastal for the majority and the surface is good. There are short sections where you run on the road/pavement, but for the most part it is along the estuary front. Support seemed to be good and the marshalls did their job, there were ample opportunities for family and friends to cheer the runners on.
Although not important to me, the t-shirt and medal seemed of good quality and the goody bag was more than adequate compared to some events I've done in the past. I would certainly consider this event again and I would recommend it without any problem. Runners should remember that the race (both 1/2 and 10K) finish at New Brighton, so thought should be given to your transport arrangements back. The NB station is a 10 minute walk from the finish line and trains are every half hour at a price of £3.50 back to Birkenhead Park. Parking at BP is ample and, for the most part, free.
The Wirral Half Marathon was a good course and took place with perfect running weather conditions. A few comments which I'd like point out which made the run very disappointing for me. First of all there were no rehydration drinks on or at the end if the course. There wasn't anywhere at the finish where I could even buy a hedydration drink. Water was the only drink available.
The goody bag was a joke in my opinion. A shampoo? A small can of zero percent lager? A smashed up biscuit and a hair conditioner. Who in their right mind needs this crap after running a half marathon? I've ran quite a lot of half marathons and this was by far the worst organised yet. There were potholes on the roads and sand all over the course. Surely someone could have had it removed before the run started with a shovel? I won't be recommending this run to anyone next year especially as I won't be entering. The medal and t shirt were good quality but that's all.