Running events taking place in Liverpool and Wirral in 2022

By Phoebe Barton

Liverpool and Wirral are hosting a variety of running events throughout 2022, covering short and long distances.

Over the next 12 months, Merseyside will transform into an array of running courses taking in some of the region's most iconic landmarks and areas, including Liverpool's waterfront, Stanley Park and West Kirby Marine Lake.

Whether it’ll be your first running event or your 20th, there’s a race to suit everyone, from fun runs to half marathons.

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Below are some of the main running events taking place in Liverpool and Wirral this year.

Half Marathon and 10 miler

The Liverpool Half Marathon is the longest established road race event on Merseyside.

It first began in 1994 and the course has been adapted over the years, but recently the event has settled down to use an established course. This includes a grandstand start and finish on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.

The course begins at the Pier Head and travels up to Sefton Park before heading back along the waterfront promenade overlooking the River Mersey.

There is also a 10 mile race held in conjunction with the half marathon which sets off at the same time and finishes in the same location.

The 10 mile option cuts out Sefton Park and both half marathon and 10 mile runners merge on Aigburth Drive at the seven and four mile point respectively. The course then heads toward the waterfront.

When: March 27 2022

Race start: 9am

Entry cost: Half Marathon Standard Entry Fee is £35, the UKA Affiliated club fee is £33. 10 Miler Standard Entry Fee is £28, the UKA Affiliated club fee is £26.

BTR Liverpool Half Marathon. (Colin Lane)

Run for the 97 5k

The Run For The 96 5K began in 2015 to act as a positive legacy event after an endurance team ran 96 miles between Liverpool and Sheffield to remember the 96 people who lost their lives at Hillsborough in 1989.

The 5K fun run was created so that anyone who wanted to show their support for the 96 could, including people outside of the UK who can take part via the virtual element.

The event has been renamed Run For The 97 5K after the sad passing of Andrew Devine in 2021. Alan Rothwell, BTR Liverpool Race Director, commented: “We were very saddened to hear the news of Mr Devine’s passing, and would like to pay tribute to Andrew and his family. With the support of our event charity partners, our annual community legacy fun run will now be known as Run For The 97.”

The run itself takes place in Stanley Park and follows a course that passes between Anfield and Goodison Park taking in the eternal flame at Anfield where many participants stop for a moment as a show of respect and remembrance.

The 5K run raises funds for four Merseyside charities - the LFC Foundation, 23 Foundation, Everton In the Community and Stanley Park C.I.C.

When: May 21 2022

Race start: 9.30am

Entry cost: The 5K event participant in Stanley park is £24, 5K virtual UK participant is £24, 5K virtual international is £26, 1 Mile Fun Run in Stanley Park is £12 and 1 Mile Fun Run virtual international participant is £18.

Port Sunlight 5K, 10K and Children’s 1K

Port Sunlight village in Wirral provides a picturesque backdrop for runners wanting to take part in a 5K or 10K race. It’s also the perfect place for a family day out, which is why there’s also a 1K race for children.

The 5K race covers all four corners of the village with twists and turns and a few sections where you can really go for it. The start and finish line is next to the central fountain, the Lady Lever Art Gallery and the Port Sunlight Museum on the Windy Bank village green.

The 5K begins at 10am and is a single lap, whereas the 10K starts at 11am and is two laps. It’s a great running event for spectators who want to cheer on the runners while taking in the scenery.

The children’s 1K race begins once the 10K is over. Entries are taken on the day for the 1K and everyone completing the course gets a medal and a little reward for their efforts.

There’s also the Dual Race which sees runners take on the 5K and 10K events.

There are a limited number of places available for both races at a discounted rate. You’ll get two t-shirts, two medals and a bonus Dual Entry medal!

When: June 12 2022

Race start: 5K 10am, 10K 11am

Entry cost: 10K Standard Entry fee is £28, 10K UKA affiliated fee is £26, 5K Standard Entry fee is £22, 5K UKA affiliated fee is £20, Dual 10K/5K Standard fee is £37, Dual 10K/5K UKA affiliated fee is £35. Children’s 1K entries taken on the day.

Mersey Tunnel 10K

After a break due to the pandemic, the Mersey Tunnel 10K returns. The run starts near the emergency tunnel exit road on Blackstock Street on the Liverpool side of the River Mersey and drops down on to the main approach road to into the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel.

It’s a 3K journey through the tunnel before exiting on the Wirral side of the river. The course then makes its way along the Dock Road and the Seacombe Ferry terminal, with the second half of the race taking runners along the promenade overlooking the Liverpool skyline.

Runners on the waterfront with Liverpool in the background. (Andrew Teebay)

The race finishes on Ian Fraser Walk at New Brighton . Baggage buses transfer your belongings to the finish area once the race begins so all you have to do is get yourself to the start line.

When: September 11 2022

Race start: 9.30am

Entry cost: Standard Entry fee is £29, UKA affiliated fee is £27

If You Know Your History 5K

This running event is all about the history of Everton Football Club. The If You Know Your History 5K begins from the birthplace of big time football on Merseyside - the 1787 Lock-Up Tower - to a glorious finish alongside Goodison Park.

The tower, which features on Everton FC’s badge, will be open on the day with various information points along the route.

The course heads up Village Street and the site of the former Queen’s Head Hotel. A left turn at the top of Village Street guides runners along the length of Everton Park towards the Northumberland Terrace entrance.

The next marker point will be the site of the 1871 St Domingo Chapel at the junction of Breckfield Road North and St Domingo Vale. The next site is the Sandon Pub on Oakfield Road before passing Anfield itself, Everton FC’s third pitch, where they played for six seasons.

The course then enters Stanley Park where the Grand Old Lady comes into view. The last kilometer will see runners cross Walton Lane to Bullens Road and then into this famous arena to finish by running along the pitch pathway around to the Park End and into the Fan Zone.

If you can’t be in Liverpool for the event, you can take part in the 5K virtually. You can sign up to receive a run number, event medal and commemorative t-shirt.

When: October 10 2022

Race start: 9.30am

Entry cost: Standard Entry Fee is £20, Virtual Entry Fee is £20

Liverpool Santa Dash

The Liverpool Santa Dash is the biggest and longest established Santa Run in the UK and achieved Guinness World Record status for the Biggest Santa Gathering.

The 5K fun run starts at the Pier Head and flows through the city centre passing through the Royal Albert Dock and back along the main waterfront roads before turning into the tightly packed streets to finish in front of the Town Hall.

Runners at the 2021 Santa Dash in Liverpool city centre. (Liverpool Echo)

Runners are greeted with giant Christmas characters and a flurry of snow right on the finish line.

Everyone who enters the Liverpool Santa Dash will receive a Santa suit as part of the entry fee. There are red and blue Santa suits to choose from.

As well as the main 5K, there’s a 1K Mini Dash for children up to age 12 to take part in.

When: December 4 2022

Race start: Santa Dash 9.30am, Mini Dash 11am

Entry cost: Standard red suit entry fee £25, Standard blue suit entry fee £27, Standard mini dash entry fee £13

Grinch 5K

This new Grinch 5K family fun run in West Kirby supports the Christmas Lights Appeal. Everyone is asked to wear something green for the event and there will also be a ‘best dressed Max’ competition for dogs to enter.

The course begins on the beach down by Riversdale Road (subject to weather conditions). It will then follow a path around the Marine Lake to Macdonna Drive and then loop around to come back on itself via Sandy Lane and the Wirral Way. Runners will then continue along the promenade to finish back at the beach start point.

When: December 12 2022

Race start: 10am

Entry cost: Tickets aren’t available yet. Keep an eye on the website here.

John West Liverpool Spring 5K, 10K and Kids 1K, 2K and 3K

The John West Liverpool Spring 5K, 10K and free Kids Races take place in May 2022. This year the 10K will take place in and around Liverpool's Sefton Park on closed roads, with the 5K and Kids’ 1K, 2K and 3K happening within the park.

Previous John West Liverpool Spring events. (Publicity Picture/Mersey Races)

All abilities are welcome to take part, including first-timers. You can start towards the front and whizz around the racecourse or stay at the back and take your time to enjoy the scenery.

When: May 1, 2022

Race start: 10K 9.30am and 5K 11.30am. The Kids’ races are in the afternoon.

Entry cost: 10K is £24 to £26 and 5K is £20 to £22. Enter here.

Tour of Merseyside

This event is a week of running which takes in six different venues across Merseyside and covers 52 miles over seven days. Each race is different in distance, location and terrain.

The Tour of Merseyside will be limited to 500 runners and includes:

Race 1 - Southport Half Marathon, 13.1 miles. A traditional road race environment and the longest leg of the Tour.

Race 2 - Thurstaston Multi terrain, 5.9 miles. A tough off-road event with beach, hills and trail.

Race 3 - The Ralla, 10 miles. Flat and fast along the old railway line pushing you to half way.

Race 4 - The River Mersey 5 miles. The shortest distance but the biggest challenge as it’s in fancy dress!

Race 5 - Stadt Moers Park Cross Country, 6 miles. An uphill then down-hill two lap chase.

Race 6 - Wirral Coastal. 12 miles. New Brighton to West Kirby and back, including a bit of beach.

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