Sunday’s launch of the Alder Hey 10K and Family Fun Run proved a success with close to 1,000 runners heading to one of Liverpool’s most important heritage sites, Croxteth Hall and Country Park. The grand setting played host to some fine performances as Liverpool Harrier Dejene Gezimu took first in what was an impressive 32:08 while Liverpool Pembroke Sefton AC’s Kirsty Longley secured top spot in the female field.
This 10k is a new direction for race organisers, Sports Tours International, who had previously organised The Grand 10K at Aintree racecourse and The Merseyside 10K, and devised the event in conjunction with Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
Sunday’s course utilised some of Croxteth Hall and Country Park’s most interesting spaces, such as the start location beside St Mary's Church at West Derby Village, the Croxteth Hall Lane underpass, past Croxteth Hall itself before taking on the forest sections and looping along two long straights.
Gezimu followed up his victory at last month’s Wirral 10K – where Longley was also successfu l– with another strong showing. Fellow Harrier Jame Riley claimed second in 34:31, with Penny Lane Striders’ completing the top trio in 35 minutes flat.
Longley, meanwhile, claimed a comprehensive victory in 37:25, a time that also gave her seventh overall. Hayley Whitley took second in 42:56, with Swinton’s Rebecca Mills grabbing third in 44.30. Emma Paul was midpoint runner on 59:08.
UK Events & Sponsorship Manager at Sports Tours International, Kevin Harmer said: “This was our first ever event at Croxteth Hall & Country Park and we are delighted with the feedback from those who took part, with so many people from Merseyside and beyond coming together in support of Alder Hey Children’s Charity.”
Full results are available here.