Tour Of Merseyside
Entries will open at 9.00am on Sunday 10th July and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The numbers accepted will be 400 plus the deferred entries from 2015. There will not be a reserve list this year as the entry limit will be increased 400 to allow for natural drop out and the inevitable deferrals which are likely to happen in similar numbers to this year. The number of entries accepted is calculated to arrive at 350 participants on the start line at stage 1.
Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!
Brief History of Running
Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.
Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.
How to get started in running events
Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.
Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.
Running Races Near Me
There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;
Fun Runs | 5K Runs | 10K Runs | Half Marathons | Marathons
Top Running Events in 2020
We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.
The Tour Of Merseyside Course
The Tour of Merseyside is coming
The 5th Tour of Merseyside is confirmed and will take place between Sunday 2nd July and Saturday 8th July.
The six race format will be as follows…
Southport Half Marathon
Sunday, Start time 9.00am
Victoria Park, Southport, PR8 2BZ
The Tour kicks off at the Southport Half Marathon. The Tour is joining forces with this new event staged by Vital Events and is using their race to get things off to a fast start. Tour runners will simply be using the Southport Half Marathon as a starting point and other runners will be involved who are running the half marathon independently of the Tour. 13 miles done.
Monday, July Start time 7.00pm
Station Rd, Thurstaston, Wirral, Merseyside CH61 0HN
The Tour moves across to Wirral with a six mile challenge over track, beach, hill and dale! If anyone has taken part in the original Thurstaston race then you will know what this one is all about. The race starts on the caravan site roadway at the bottom of Station Road and finishes on the common overlooking the Dee Estuary – a great location to recover! That’s 19 miles completed.
Sustrans Cycle Trail
Tuesday, July Start time 7.00pm
Walton Hall Park Car Park, Blackthorne Rd Entrance, Liverpool L9 1HZ
A flat and fast course along what is known locally as ‘The Ralla’ - an old railway path which is now a very popular cycle path used by many of the local community. This leg will push your Tour mileage up to 29 and counting.
Wednesday – No race
Raging Red Bull 5
Thursday, Start time 7.00pm
Otterspool Drive, Liverpool L17 5AL
Starting on the grassed area by the Red Bull monument runners will head north along the prom, as far as the Britannia Pub where there will be a structured u-turn to bring runners back to complete the 5 mile leg.
It's flat and fast, as long as your legs and lungs are up to it!.
34 miles chalked up.
Knowsley Cross Country
Friday, Start time 7.00pm
Stadt Moers Park, off Pottery Ln, Whiston, Prescot L35 3RG, UK
Now is the time to dig in as the pressure builds over a six mile cross country course at Stadt Moers Park. Another great venue for spectators who can get close up to the action over a two lap course. 40 miles! How are your legs??
Wirral Coastal Run
Saturday, July Start time 10.00am
Coastal Dr, Wallasey, Merseyside CH45 3PZ
Well here we are. The final 12 miles over flat terrain along the north Wirral coast line. Starting in New Brighton the race starts at the end of King’s Parade and heads toward Hoylake before turning round to head for home for the final time. This 12 mile stretch will give you the full 52 miles over the week.
As you head towards the finish line how are you feeling? Elated…?