While Age UK’s Leeds Abbey Dash may well have secured bragging rights for being the fastest UK race last weekend, Cheshire 10K follows closely with over 1200 runners enjoyed the speedy course on offer at Alder Hay on Saturday (4 November).
The bi-annual event has seen its stock rise over the last few years, has become a go-to race for those seeking a PB and has officially been ranked as one of the fastest 10ks in the UK. Held at Arley Hall near Warrington, the course took runners round the flat and rural traffic free roads of Antrobus.
Saturday’s field were treated to some fine running conditions in what turned out to be a close battle between previous winners Matt Clowes and Mohammed Abu-Rezeq. It was the Cardiff athlete who prevailed, however, crossing the line first in 29:44, with Abu-Rezeq following (30:22). Clowes’ clubmate, Carwyn Jones, took third in 30:24.
In the women's race Jess Piasecki (formerly Coulson) continued her path to recovery with a comprehensive victory in 34:44. Liverpool Pembroke's Kirsty Longley (36:12) was second. Piasecki later tweeted: “Great to take the win @Cheshire10k this morning…happy to be back at it!”
The next staging of the bi-annual takes place on Saturday 10 March, the perfect date to kickstart a 10k training plan in the New Year. Further registration details are available here.