3 races, 1 weekend. WRC were ready to hit the Liverpool Rock & Roll Series with a bang.
Saturday 13th June welcomed the 5k to the town were the Beatles were born, Liverpool, and Iconic city known for its music, fashion and ‘scouse brows’ of course. WRC joined the start line that day with the 1500 other runners ready to take on 3.1 miles.
The humidity soared through the crowds but the grey day didn’t dampen the spirits of our runners, many taking on the challenge of a double race that weekend wanted, just a steady jog.
The 5k lead you around the centre of Liverpool taking on many iconic sites such as the Liver Birds (Which Craig has recently had tattooed on his leg to show his love for LFC.) The arena finish was a lot of fun, flashing disco lights and music made it all the more enjoyable for WRC who crossed the finish line hand in hand.
That evening many joined Julia AKA ‘WRC Mum’ for a carb party to fill up for the following days marathon and half marathon. The food was enjoyed by all and it gave the runners a chance to offer support to those with pre marathon nerves. They laughed, they hugged and they smiled together in anticipation of the following day….
I now take you to Sunday morning , the weather had cooled which was a great relief for many. As more than 70 runners waited for a coach nerves and tension started to grow.
Everyone gathered by the Big Wheel before the Half Marathon start for a quick photo opportunity, much to their surprise they were joined by two special guests Mr & Mrs Potato Head AKA Mike and Gaz. They had decided to run the marathon dressed as the fab duo, making their already blossoming relationship even more special.
A quick dash to the half marathon start which was to commence at 9am, 1hour before the marathon start. Some found that this was a little disheartening for the marathon runners to have to wait another hour but they enjoyed cheering on the runners and getting themselves mentally prepared for the long road ahead.
The Marathon start took you past both Merseyside football stadiums then joined onto the half marathon course for the last section. It was a great route leading you up some hills through China Town but once you hit Sefton Park there were some pretty nice declines to help you pick up some speed. The last 4 miles of the route lead you down the pier across the waterfront of Liverpool. The Liver Birds were in sight and the music was blaring across the city to welcome you to the finish line they had dreamed of for hours.
Many of the Half Marathon runners waited at the finish line to cheer the others down the last stretch that seems so close yet so far away. WRC showed their true colours that day. Not only were they the loudest cheerers around but they offered support not only to their own friends but to other runners giving them that last bit of encouragement they so sorely needed.
The day ended in true WRC style with a quick dash to the pub to celebrate the months of hard work and dedication, they raised a glass and gave each other a pat on the back for it was a weekend they will never forget.
Congratulations to all the team across the three events.
Hannah Gallagher- Marathon
Gary Corbett- Half Marathon
Lesley Whifield- 5k
Debbie Millington- Half Marathon
John Millington- Half Marathon
Vonnie Hazle- 5k, Half Marathon
Craig Dennen- 5k, Marathon
Tracey Walker- 5k
Erika Lamb- 5k, Official Half Marathon pacer
Lisa Lee- 5k, Marathon
Emma Bonner- Half Marathon
Amian Cowell – 5k, Half Marathon
Hazel Williams- Marathon
Stephen Yates- Half Marathon
Anita King – 5k
Nicola Finch- 5k, Half Marathon
Stella Reynolds- Half Marathon
Lisa Jefferies- 5k , Half Marathon
Trish Preston- Marathon
Debbie Guest- 5k, Half Marathon
Karen George- Half Marathon
Mike Kay- 5k, Marathon
Nathan Ashurtst- 5k, Marathon
Hannah Evens- Half Marathon
Darren Blackshaw- Half Marathon
Rachel Cartwright- Half Marathon
Cathy Brownlow- Half Marathon
Louise Plevin- 5k, Half Marathon
George Gaskell- Marathon
Sarah Nuttall- Half Marathon
Carol Hanmer- 5k, Half Marathon
Dan Dubabin- 5k, Marathon
Joanne Griffiths- 5k
Nicola Dunbabin- 5k, Half Marathon
Sarah Matthews- 5k, Official Half Marathon pacer
Gary Young- Half Marathon
Paul Mcwhirther- Half Marathon
Clare Firth- Half Marathon
Tracey Fisher- Half Marathon
Nige Taylor- Marathon
Andy Walker- 5k , Half Marathon
Hayley Bell- Marathon
Stuart Lawton- 5k, Half Marathon
Lisa Reid- Marathon
Mark Daniels- Marathon
Michael Clarke- Marathon
Samantha Lloyd- 5k
Mrs Potato Head- Half Marathon
Mike Metcalfe- 5k
Cheryl Robinson- 5k, Half Marathon
Chris Conchie- Half Marathon
Sarah Day- Half Marathon
Hayley Wilkinson- Marathon
Peter Glover- 5k, Marathon
Louise Casey- 5k
Jayne Sudworth- Half Marathon
Li Anne- 5k
Lindsay Plumb- 5k , Marathon
Julie Cooper- 5k, Half Marathon
Clare Lowery- 5k, Half Marathon
David Flanagan- Marathon
Graham Cheers- 5k, Marathon
James Clipstone- Marathon
Hayley Staunton- 5k, Half Marathon
Holly Blakemore- Half Marathon
Phil Jolley – Marathon
They loved the weekend so much that many of WRC have already signed up for next years Rock and Roll races. Bring on 2016!