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Liverpool Marathon up and running in 2011

City bids to be up in top three with London Marathon and Great North Run

Published on September 26th 2010.


Liverpool Marathon up and running in 2011

WHO needs half when you can have full.

LIVERPOOL’S plans to finish as one of the UK’s top three running races, by launching a 26-mile Liverpool Marathon in 2011, are firmly afoot. The final decision will be made next week on who will “run the race”.

The city hopes to attract 10,000 runners in the first year of the Marathon, and a £3m income, rising to 25,000 competitors by 2015.

Following a tendering process, officers are recommending that Limelight Sports, one of the UK's big sports event companies, be offered to manage the high profile race next year on Sunday, October 9 - coincidentally John Lennon Day.

If the offer is approved and accepted, at a meeting next Friday, the council say the Liverpool Marathon aims to be one of the nation's top three running events - alongside the London Marathon and Great North Run.

The 26-mile event, which the council say would take in some of the city’s best known sights - is described as a key legacy event of Liverpool's tenure as European Capital of Culture and a major plank of the city's support of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Councillor Joe Anderson, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said: ''Liverpool is world famous for its sporting excellence be it football, championship golf and the Grand National and a major marathon would further cement our reputation on the global stage.

''The profile and impact of a Liverpool Marathon could be priceless for the city. It would be a brilliant showcase for the renaissance Liverpool has undergone as a European Capital of Culture and could also provide a huge boost to our tourism industry, running clubs and charities.''

Councillor Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Culture and Sport, added: ''Liverpool has developed an enviable track record for expertly hosting major cultural and sporting occasions and the Liverpool Marathon would be a fantastic addition to our portfolio of major international events.

''With the London Olympics in 2012 the timing is perfect for Liverpool to capitalise on the huge amount of interest in athletics in the UK. And as we look forward to a decade of Health and Wellbeing this event would be a great way to kick it off and get the whole city running.''

The first Liverpool Marathon is anticipated to make no profit but Limelight Sports, who would 100% fund the race, have stated in their bid that once the Liverpool Marathon was established they intend to plough funds back into the city. The report recommends the company be offered the option to deliver the race up to 2016.

Over what streets and turf the race will be run, remains to be seen.

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