PUBLIC events are returning to Port Sunlight after a three-year break due to the global pandemic.

Starting things off is the Port Sunlight Road Race, due to take place on Sunday June 12.

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Flashback: Off at the start of 2018 Port Sunlight Road Race (Picture: Paul Francis Cooper)

Other events include a celebration marking the Queen's Platinum Jubilee; a national museums conference exploring the vision of independent museums recovering from the challenges of the pandemic and the 100th anniversary of the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

The Port Sunlight Road Race is organised by independent race organiser BTR Liverpool in conjunction with Port Sunlight Village Trust.

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Port Sunlight Road Race Medals 2022. Picture by Paul Francis Cooper

First staged in 2012, the event is now established as the most significant event in the Port Sunlight calendar and is popular on the region's running circuit, attracting thousands of visitors to the village either as runners or spectators. It was last staged in 2019 due to the pandemic.

The Port Sunlight Road Race features 5K and 10K race distances, as well as a 1K Fun Run for youngsters aged 12 and under. Due to popular demand in recent years, runners can also register for a dual challenge to complete both the 5k and 10k races and earn an extra medal to mark their 15k achievement.

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BTR Liverpool Race Director Alan Rothwell with Paul Harris (Port Sunlight Village Trust) and Cameron Jones (head of Unilever Port Sunlight) promoting this year's Port Sunlight 10k in the village. Picture by Paul Francis Cooper

Paul Harris, Chief Executive of Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT), said: "Port Sunlight played an important role in improving many people’s health and wellbeing during the succession of national and local lockdowns.

"Our beautiful village became a safe haven, a space for people to really enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the wide open spaces on their doorstep.

"So we are delighted to be hosting the Port Sunlight Road Race after a three-year break.

"The race is always a highlight in our Summer events calendar, and we can't wait for the village to be filled with thousands of runners and spectators.

"Port Sunlight Road Race is a wonderful example of our village working together to make this such a successful event year on year, from the residents and village businesses to Unilever Port Sunlight sponsoring the event.”

Developed between 1888 and 1938, Port Sunlight represents a unique and innovative response to the industrial paternalism traditions that emerged in Europe and the Americas in the 18th Century.

Unilever today continues to have world class manufacturing, R&D and IT facilities based in Port Sunlight. Unilever’s brands – including Persil, Dove, Tresemme, Radox, Comfort and Surf – can be found in 98% of households in the UK.

Cameron Jones, Head of Unilever Port Sunlight, added: "Unilever is delighted to sponsor the Port Sunlight Road Race for the seventh year.

"Supporting the race in our historic home is a fantastic way to show our commitment, while also showcasing the village to visitors. Good luck to everyone taking part – including the 100 runners from Unilever Port Sunlight."

BTR Liverpool Race Director Alan Rothwell said: "We're already counting down the weeks until we can host the Port Sunlight Road Race 2022.

"The unique event is set in one of the most stunning backdrops you’ll find not only in the region, but in the country.

"We work closely with Port Sunlight Village Trust and Unilever to make the event a success, and we must extend our thanks to local residents for their ongoing support.

"We look forward to seeing everyone back in Port Sunlight on Sunday 12 June for another great event.”

To enter the Port Sunlight Road Race, go to