With 5,100 runners preparing to tackle the city center challenge, the BTR Liverpool Skyline Half Marathon is back this Sunday (26 March) for its 30th staging, marking a significant milestone in the event’s history.
BTR Liverpool, an independent race event organizer based in Merseyside, manages the event, which is highly regarded as one of the region’s top road races.
It will also be a special day for a pair of friends, who will be attempting to set new a Guinness World Record.
Martin Pritchard-Howarth and Branwell Spencer, who both live in Wirral, are consultants at Wirral University Teaching Hospital.
They are attempting to set new records firstly in the Liverpool Half Marathon and then later in April at the London Marathon as being the fastest in a 3D plant costume, dressed as sunflowers.
Martin already holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon runner dressed as a mountaineer. They are fundraising for equal rights for the disabled charity Scope, and have already raised £2,000.
As part of its commitment to community engagement, BTR Liverpool has invited Fans Supporting Foodbanks to collect food donations at the event. Runners and spectators are encouraged to drop off items at the charity’s van which will be parked at the Pier Head near the start line.
Donations currently needed include milk (UHT or powdered), cereal, tinned fish, instant mash potato, fruit squash or cordial, teabags, coffee, tinned meat, tinned soup, packet noodles, tinned vegetables, tinned rice pudding or custard, curry or pasta sauce, rice, tinned fruit, jam, biscuits, snack bars, sweets, dry pasta sauce, toiletries, and washing-up liquid.