A RUNNER from Southport , who completed the BTR Liverpool Skyline Half Marathon in full hockey gear, missed out on breaking a world record – but he did help raise more than £1,500 for charity.
Paul Warrington, 45, from Birkdale, ran the 13.1 mile race on Sunday, September 12, wearing a helmet, chest protector, elbow protectors, hard pads on both legs, padded shorts, leg guards, hand pads and shoe pads. The kit weighed 12lbs before adding running kit and a water hydration pack.
He wanted to smash the world record of two hours 45 minutes, but fell short.
However, his efforts did raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Paul’s father-in-law was diagnosed with lymphoma in summer 2020 but thankfully is now in recovery after six months of chemotherapy.
More than 1,000 other runners took part in the event, which was the biggest road race Liverpool has seen in 18 months.
The race was last staged exactly 18 months ago in March 2020, a week before the Government announced the first national Covid-19 lockdown.
Organisers BTR Liverpool say they feel “extremely privileged and relieved” they could once again stage a headline race event to bring the Merseyside running community together following the lifting of pandemic restrictions.
BTR Race director Alan Rothwell said: “The runners came out, the medals were shining, and there were plenty of smiles from start to finish.
“We staged the same race exactly 18 months ago just before the first national lockdown, and everyone has been through such a challenging time since. We feel extremely privileged and relieved to bring headline races back to the city.”