Students at the University of Liverpool joined thousands of others at the weekend to complete the race on its 30th anniversary.

The race reached record numbers this year with a total of 5,000 participants gathering at the waterfront on Sunday morning.

The Liverpool Half Marathon is the longest established road race in Merseyside and like in previous years, saw many participants dedicating their race to charities.

Representatives from the University of Liverpool Dental School ran on Sunday in aid of Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Fourth year student, Thomas Protheroe, said:

“The race went well. The atmosphere down the docks was great and everyone was really happy with their time.

“Claire House is a very good charity and is quite close to some of our course tutors, so it suited us to choose this one.

“It was really well organised too and was a nice day”.

The group of twelve successfully raised £3,000 for their charity.

Students taking part in the half marathon (image taken by Alys Haynes).
Students taking part in the half-marathon (image taken by Alys Haynes).

Several other university students also took on the challenge.

Third year Law student Jannie Lotter said:

“The main challenge for me was the fact that I had done it before, so I had a time to beat which drove me to get it done quicker.

“I chose to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital because they saved my little brother’s life when he was a new born.

“I also live in Liverpool and know the importance of a hospital like that”.

The 2023 winner Ian Lawton, 41, completed the 13.1-mile race in 1:07:28, which narrowly beat the 2022 champion Ben Taylor by three minutes.

The race was set across the city and paid a visit to many famous sights, including Liverpool Cathedral, Sefton Park and ran alongside the River Mersey.

The event will return in 2024 for its 31st year.

(Featured image credit: Huw Fairclough/Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series)