Merseyside played host to the first-ever Rock and Roll Liverpool Marathon on Sunday in tribute to the United Kingdom's music capital, with both marathon and half-marathon events entertaining.
While the stars of the running world were on hand in the Bupa London 10,000, the legions in Liverpool were for the most part made up of amateur participants, with ex-England rugby star Austin Healey taking the honour of getting proceedings underway.
Of course, such an event wouldn't be complete without a "selfie," and BT Sport pundit Healey was more than happy to oblige before shooting the starting pistol:
The course found its start at the Liverpool Waterfront's Albert Dock, weaving its way around the city for 26.2 miles with a musical act on hand at each mile marker of the race.
The marathon began at 9 a.m. BST and it was around four hours later that word of those first finishers started to emerge. According to Tracy Mott on Twitter, Stainland Running Club's Lucy Collins was the first to cross the tape at the finish line:
UKResults.net shows that Collins completed the feat just a month after finishing as the second-fastest woman in April's Guiseley Gallop, a much shorter-distance run in Leeds.
Something Global DJ Steve "Butch" Jones posted an impressive pace of eight minutes and 58 seconds-per-mile for his rounding of the Liverpool course:
And it wasn't long before the masses took to Twitter to tell of their achievements over the 26.2-mile course:
The Liverpool Echo provided a live blog for Liverpool's first edition in being a part of the Rock and Roll Marathon Series.
There, the accomplishments of those participating were celebrated as the city united under one common cause:
Bay TV Liverpool reported that more than 10,000 participants were expected to take to the streets of Liverpool for the half-marathon and marathon events, and race director Rob Griffiths was quoted as saying:
We look forward to bringing Echo Arena to life with epic performances by The Farm and The Christians along with other local bands. The finish line festival will surely help participants continue the day’s celebrations by offering fun and lively musical performances.
It may have been lacking in high-profile names and the speedier assortment of running times, but the Liverpool Rock and Roll Marathon wasn't far off the professional brand in terms of entertainment.
All those finishing their run will be deservedly lauded in their achievements, and Liverpool can only look forward to featuring as part of the series in future, with the bar being set high for the years to come.
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