Following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series events returned in Liverpool over the weekend commemorating one of the regions most celebrated running events. This weekend’s event marked the 7th and final edition of the Liverpool event, the place where rock laid its roots was a natural fit for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series and it became a much beloved event in the city. Over 10,000 eager Rock ‘n’ Rollers ages 3 to 77 took on the flat and fast course through streets lined with supporters, local bands and entertainment from start to finish. At the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Liverpool Marathon, Matthew Crehan (02:26:38) and Louise Balloch (03:03:14) were the overall marathon male and female winners.
The 7th edition of Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool continued to celebrate the music history of the city as Beatlemania struck at the final farewell show where the Beatles tribute act Made in Liverpool performed before The Twenty Two rocked out to close the show.
Marathon and half marathon participants received a tour of Liverpool City Centre as the route took them past the most iconic buildings including the famous Liver Building, Liverpool Town Hall, The Beatles Statue, The Cavern Club, Goodison Park Stadium, Anfield Stadium, Penny Lane, Stanley Park, Prince’s Park, Sefton Park, and the Chinese Arch before the home straight on the promenade alongside the River Mersey, finishing at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
In the half marathon race, Kieran Walker came home victorious for the men clocking a time of 01:08:09. and Emma Styles became the women’s champion with a final time of 1:16:22.
Elite runners and fast times aside, Sunday’s race was all about the party atmosphere. Several local bands, including Ali Horn, The Twenty Two, DJ Dave Monks, Up All Night, Hushtones and Made In Liverpool performed live on the main stage. There was even more live music on band stages along the route which was interspersed with crowd support.
The event was the final ever edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Running Series and Race Director Dean Smith gave his thanks to the city: “Since Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool first came to the city we’ve been welcomed with open arms. The runners, supporters, volunteers, partners and stakeholders have been instrumental in helping us create this outstanding event. We would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who has been involved over the last seven years. It has been a great run but sadly the curtain has closed on the final show.”