Thousands of pounds were raised for charity this weekend as runners challenged themselves to the city’s half marathon.

Runners of all abilities were out bright and early on Sunday morning as they took on the BTR Skyline half marathon.

The route took in major sights in the city running past the Liver Building, the cathedral, Sefton Park and the Albert Docks.

For many it was an opportunity to raise money for causes close to their heart.

John Roberts was running for the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.

The charity provides care and research for cancer patients at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centres across Merseyside.

It took care of him when he suffered from bowel cancer over the last two years.

“I got my chemo and radiotherapy at Clatterbridge,” said Mr Roberts “and they did a marvellous job.”

Nick Taylor used the opportunity to raise money for a charity that is less well known.

The Sunflowers charity, based on Aigburth Road, provides a range of services for those who have long-term cancer. He raised more than £1,000 for the charity.

“They support people with cancer and families” said Mr Taylor.

“They support anyone, they give out free support- post-op massage, counselling. They don’t get any grants or anything.”

A large group were running in vivid sunflower yellow t-shirts for Team Ella.

They were not raising money for the charity but trying to raise awareness on the issue of stillbirths. One of the group, Anna, said they always get “a lot of support when we come to Liverpool.”

This was the 29th year the half marathon has been held in the city and organisers are already preparing for an even more spectacular event next year to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

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