Expect to run from 1 hour 30 mins to 2 hour 15 mins depending upon our target pace and location.
20k Parks of South Liverpool run
This distance frees us to explore parts of the city that other runs just cannot reach! The parks of South Liverpool are one of the joys of the city; our 20k run will let us daisy chain a string of fabulous Victorian parks together to experience long boulevards of mature trees, swathes of landscaped green space, historic buildings with some fascinating local history. After a heady 50m climb past the imposing Anglican Cathedral we’ll head out to attractive Toxteth, its origins an ancient deer park but with streets of finely restored Victorian mansions. First-up is historic Princes Park followed by the the 100 hectare Grade 1-listed Sefton Park. We’ll head past a little bit of Piccadilly Circus (yes, seriously!) then a surprise trip up the legendary Penny Lane. Under blue suburban skies we’ll head deeper into Beatles country, past a neolithic tomb, a thousand year oak tree and then homewards. The final 9k are downhill, then flat for 6k with a bracing stretch back along the River Mersey culminating in the stunning waterfront area, Arena and Convention Centre and Pier Head. Gotcha!
20k Crosby beach and the Iron Men run
This is a bracing run with a long 8k early stretch that heads north out of the city centre along the docks and is rewarded with a inspirational visit to Crosby beach, an SSSI and home to one of Europe’s most outstanding pieces of landscape art – the 2005 installation Another Place by Antony Gormley. The route is flat but can be windy so a light fleece is a good idea if not in high summer. From the Liver Building we’ll head out past the largest brick warehouse in the world, then run 5k through the frankly pretty unattractive but quite fascinating dock estate! In the distance we’ll head for the gantry cranes of the busy Freeport, past a little bit of Belgium and the Battle of Waterloo, then at last into sandy dunes.. wind…sea…light… Trail shoes won’t be needed but we’ll have an interesting 3k stretch which includes the enigmatic Gormley sculptures of the iron men. Back along the dock road we’ll swing a different route in the final 2k for a stunning alternative approach to the Pier Head.