Tour of Merseyside 2013

Who's up for this challenge?

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25/04/2013 at 14:08

This is certainly the biggest running challenge on Merseyside. Six races over seven days and 52 miles. How does this compare with a marathon?

25/04/2013 at 14:10

Dunno.. Theres no link explaining when and where

25/04/2013 at 14:47

www.btrliverpool.com

25/04/2013 at 14:54

Dave - I thought the suggestion of six races over seven days and a 52 mile distance was enough description? Just wondered what anyone thought about that kind of running challenge.

There seems to be a number of 'ultimate challenge' events out there that test people in a variety of ways, potential drowing, fire, electrocution, hypothermia and so on.

This is just old fashioned running - but a lot of it.

cougie    pirate
25/04/2013 at 15:03
The Tour of Merseyside is coming

The full Tour programme is as follows. Please note that discussion on the structure of the courses is ongoing so some may be liable to change. Any changes will be posted as soon as confirmed.

Race 1

Southport Half Marathon
Sunday 7th July Start time 8.30am

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.



Race 2

Thurstaston Multi Terrain
Monday 8th July Start time 7.00pm

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 finish on the common overlooking the Dee Estuary ??? a great location to recover! That???s 19 miles completed.



Race 3

Walton Hall Park / Trail Run
Tuesday 9th July Start time 6.30pm

The original plan for a 10 mile beach run at Southport for Race 3 has been dropped and replaced by a park and trail run from Walton Hall Park. The race will comprise a 2 mile lap of the park followed by a 6 mile section on the Cheshire Lines trail path and a second 2 mile lap of the park to finish.

This is an extremely flat course so fast times are likely tonight.

Keep the pace steady as you???re half way through the week and 29 miles in the bank.



Wednesday 10th July - No race



Race 4

Halton 5 miler
Thursday 11th July Start time 7.00pm

It???s a welcome return to the road with a flat and fast road course around the village of Hale. Race H.Q. will be the Wellington Pub so there will a great opportunity to relax at the finish. 34 miles chalked up.



Race 5

Knowsley Cross Country
Friday 12th July Start time 7.00pm

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??



Race 6

Wirral Coastal Run
Saturday 13th July Start time 10.00am

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 toward the finish line how are you feeling? Elated...?

Further details regarding the course will be posted as and when confirmed.



It does look a great challenge - but I struggle to get out of work in time for evening races.
25/04/2013 at 15:10
James B 73 wrote (see)
RZR - if scream lets me give you one of my gems. I ran three half marathons over 2 hours. Found the ultimate training schedules this site and knocked 26 mins off time. You may of course already have a schedule.

However, a schedule may suggest you do a half marathon so you would be able to assess progress.

 

AlanRothwell wrote (see)

Dave - I thought the suggestion of six races over seven days and a 52 mile distance was enough description? Just wondered what anyone thought about that kind of running challenge.

There seems to be a number of 'ultimate challenge' events out there that test people in a variety of ways, potential drowing, fire, electrocution, hypothermia and so on.

This is just old fashioned running - but a lot of it.

Fraid I just do old fashioned running as well....

 

Just thought a link would have been useful.....

Pudge    pirate
25/04/2013 at 15:10

It does look a good and varied series of events.  Unfortunately though, I have the re-scheduled Cheshire Cat sportive on 7th July, so I can't make it (also, like Cougie, I'd struggle to make the mid-week events).  Otherwise I would definitely be entering, as it's quite up my street.

I'm sure it'll be a sell out if there's only 300 places.

25/04/2013 at 15:15

 

The 8:30 start at Southport looks a killer for those of us using public transport.

25/04/2013 at 15:39
Oops sorry about the strange cut and paste.

I'm still thinking about the Tour de Stavely on July 6 th
26/04/2013 at 21:49

Sounds really appealing to me.

24/06/2013 at 06:08

Anyone else entered?

24/06/2013 at 10:57

Good mix of club runners in this one, oldest competitor is 63 and youngets 19.

Guest entries for individual events available if you can't make all six.

Furthest coming from Dundee.

25/06/2013 at 00:34

Smacks of the old Tour of Tameside set up by Ron Hill. That was the equivalent of 2 full marathons over 6 races with one days rest. I worked in Hyde at the time and there was a 'Hyde holiday week' when a number of businesses shut down (mine included) for that week.

The race was organised for that week so getting to mid week evening events was no problem and I could rest up during the day. Only did it once but there was great camaderie amongst the entrants.

Not fit enough to have a go at this one, but if it's on next year I just might give it a go.

25/06/2013 at 07:05

Thanks to Alan and his team as my wife wanted to do this (and will be entering next year if it's on) and signed up thinking it was for 2014 ...but didn't realise that she had signed up for this year ..she's only 6 months pregnant..a full refund was given

25/06/2013 at 08:28

Russell - it is based on the Tour Of Tameside. I did it three times back in the eighties so I know how hard it is going to be for those taking part in a week or so. I hope the course provide a good mix of interest and challenge.

Warkie - hope all goes well with the family addition and yes the Tour Of Merseyside will be back next year between the 6th and 12th July.

28/06/2013 at 15:28

Well there's now 100 brave and hardy souls waiting nervously to take on the challenge of the 1st Tour Of Merseyside. (Anyone wanting to take part as a Guest Entrant can do so on each race evening).

Really looking forward to this one. The intimacy of the field, day to day competition and the relentless pursuit of each mile is brilliant.

28/06/2013 at 15:58

Cant wait until the first race. My head says go slow and save the legs for the rest of the week. My heart says go for a pb and man up.

04/07/2013 at 16:33

A few nervous comments on Facebook about the forthcoming Tour Of Merseyside. It's looking good for a great start at Southport on Sunday and then a challenging week ahead.

07/07/2013 at 13:20

1st race done, southport half marathon in gorgeous weather. Anyone else on here doing the tour. 

08/07/2013 at 12:31

2nd leg tonight. Two fallers so far. One didn't attend yesterday and another finished with an injury so unlikely to attend the Multi Terrain tonight.

Looking forward to another good night of running.

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