Runners from Chester, Ellesmere Port and Merseyside are going underground - and underwater - this morning as they take part in the Mersey Tunnel 10k. Beginning at the Liverpool side of the legendary waterway, participants pass through the Wallasey tube of the road tunnel and eventually make their way to New Brighton where the finish line awaits.
If you are a regular tunnel user and need to know which roads will still be in action while the race is one, we have all that information for you here .
If there's anything else you need to know about the run, we've compiled a comprehensive guide to the 10k for you right here .
Our liveblog is now underway and we'll be bringing you all the latest updates.
And that's a wrap
Those past couple of hours flew by in a flash. That’s all form our live coverage of the Mersey Tunnel 10k for this year. We’ll give the final word to our reporter on the spot, Kate Reilly James. See you all next year - enjoy your roast dinners!
Just a bit further now, Dad!
We love this picture from Jason Roberts. Sums up today’s two big events for a lot of fathers.
All good things
We’re coming to the end of the 10k now as we’re hearing all the runners have crossed the finish line in New Brighton two-and-a-quarter hours after the event began. Here are some of your highlights from social media, beginning with a fantastic selfie video from inside the tunnel.
And so many of you are justifiably proud to be wearing your medals.
He did get out of his car to run the race after all (scroll down to our previous post on the subject). If we’d just finished a 10k and got a PB, we’d be striking a pose too - well done to you, Paul.
Well done our Kirsty!
We must take a moment here to congratulate our ECHO colleague Kirsty McHale for completing today’s Mersey Tunnel 10k. We hope you can still walk around the office tomorrow, Kirsty - the first round of tea is on us.
Get him to the church in a PB time
You may recognise this gentleman! It’s Abir Ali who has just completed the Mersey Tunnel 10k on his wedding day. The 41-year-old scientist from Moreton ran in shirt, tie and buttonhole and will marry fiancee Hayley Blanc in just a few hours. The very best of luck and warmest congratulations to you both from everyone at the ECHO.
Well done to Matt for reaching the halfway point in his race calendar in what sounds like an epic year of fundraising for him.
Look closely at this brilliant shot of the runners emerging from the tunnel by our photographer Jason Roberts and you may just spot someone who has already featured in our liveblog this morning (CLUE: He certainly stands out from the crowd).
This 10k has been a great way to get Father’s Day up and running - if you’ll pardon the pun.
We did it!
Now that the finishers have caught their collective breath, here’s a selection of their tweets. Every single one of you who joined the race today should be proud, no matter what time you finish.
Those finish line selfies are now cropping up on social media. Congratulations to everyone who has completed the race so far, not to mention all those who are taking part.
Boy, you're gonna carry that weight...
...but not, as The Beatlles sang, for a long time. Now that their 10k is over, this team can enjoy a well-earned cuppa and a sit down.
Hope it wasn’t too chilly below ground...
A lot of runners going for individual times today but there’s plenty of team efforts at the 10k too.
Well done to you Alan. Great job.
This should give you an idea of what it’s like to run through the Wallasey Tunnel. We don’t think it’s a terrible pic at all - it’s difficult enough to run and snap at the same time!
A fantastic team effort here in memory the much-missed Lee Foster. Lads, you did him proud.
Another proud family shot. Lots of dads earning their Father’s Day fry-ups/roasts/pints this morning!
Well done Dad!
What a way to celebrate Father’s Day. That deserves a pat on the back!
Spot anyone you know?
There’s a stream of runners crossing the line at New Brighton and about to receive their well-deserved medal. Recognise anyone?
This really is an event for everyone. You’re never too old to have a go!
First female finisher
Another milestone for the day - the first woman to complete the race out of the 3,000 people taking part.
First runner over the line
In a very impressive time - here’s the first person to cross the line in this year’s Mersey Tunnel 10k.
Here’s another of today’s runners who should be over the finish line shortly. Good luck to you Glenn!
Keep on Running
As we await the first swift soul to cross the line, it’s worth mentioning there’s another big running event in Merseyside today, the Race for Life at Aintree Racecourse. Here’s all you need to know about it - and it’s another event helping a great cause.
The line at the end of the tunnel
That’s quick! Our first finisher is imminent, according to Kate.
This is where are runners started off from this morning - even in a photograph, the atmosphere is still coming through. Plenty of smiles!
We hope he’s not doing the race in his car too! Surely that’s cheating? :o)
Good luck to you Paul - won’t be long now until you cross the line!
Ready and raring
Here’s what awaits the runners at the New Brighton finish line. Great to see local charities joining together for a big event.