ATHLETES from all over the country will be heading to Roberttown this Sunday, to take part in the Liversege Half Marathon, one of the toughest 13 mile races in the North of England.
This year’s half marathon has a full complement of 555 athletes, including those from Alnwick in the North to Macclesfield in the North West and many more local entries which should make for a very competitive race. The numbers were issued in the last few weeks and there will be no entries on the day, a reliable indication of how popular the race has become.
It is a particular favourite with those athletes who are preparing for the London Marathon as it is a good test of how the training is going.
This year’s race will start from Roberttown Common at the earlier time of 11am, in previous years it has been noon.
Last year the winner, Edward Mitchell, returned to the finish also at the common, in an hour and 13 minutes.
Sally Malir of Ilkley is returning to defend the title she won last year.
This year’s course takes in Halifax Road, Hightown at the two mile mark, onto Windy Bank Lane, when they reach Birkby Lane at Bailiff Bridge the athletes will have covered five miles, It’s a steep climb next, up Thornhills Beck Lane and into Clifton, with a drinks station at eight miles, then it’s a long stretch up Walton Lane, the end of which marks the 10 mile point.
The race returns via Windy Bank Lane, Church Lane Hartshead and down Fall Lane along Far Common Road to the finish.
The race HQ is at Roberttown Community Centre where race numbers can be collected.
Support along the route is welcome and motorists are asked to be patient with participants.
If there are doubts about the race weather wise on Sunday contact 07929 278241 between 6am and 10am for confirmation.