Garscube Harrier Katie White finished as fastest female on her marathon debut at RunLiverpool marathon on Sunday (14 October). The feat was made all the more impressive after it was revealed she ran most of the race on a broken ankle. White was one of 5,000 participants at the restored marathon which lived up to its reputation as one of the UK's best new events. Katie finished in 3:01:40 and spoke to scottishrunning guide.com about her victory: "It was my first ever marathon so it was great to finish as first female. I broke my ankle about five miles in but it didn't seem that bad so I just kept going.
"I really enjoyed the event and thought it was very well organised. The support was fantastic, especially the Garscube Harriers who came down to cheer me on. I now have a cast on so I won't be doing much running for a while as I recover."
Last year's Loch Ness marathon winner, Tomas Abyu broke the tape on 2:28:25 to win the race overall and was joined by superheroes and fluffy animals for the event which started at Birkenhead Park. The colourful field headed towards the coast and New Brighton before turning back for a scenic stretch along the promenade back to Birkenhead Tunnel. Runners emerged on the north side of the river and headed towards Sefton Park and the final difficult miles back towards the grandstand finish in the shadows of the Liver Building.
Hundreds of runners took part in RunLiverpool marathon for dozens of good causes. Paramedic Philip Harrison ran in memory of Bootle teenager Ryan Ferguson whose assistance he had gone to earlier this year. Sadly Ryan died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) and Philip was running to support research into SADS. He finished in 4:55:00 cheered on by Ryan's family.
Sunday also saw the first staging of RunWirral 10K which started from Birkenhead Park shortly after the marathon had got underway.
For a full list of results visit our race listings page.