Both the BBC and ITV studios were the backdrop to what turned out to be another action-packed day at the UKFast City of Salford 10K on Sunday (3 September). The race once again drew in a turned of 3,000-plus runners, a figure that has risen consistently since the event launched in 2008, and saw, at the front of the field, its defending champions retain their titles.
Setting off from the MediaCityUK Piazza, participants followed a route around Salford Quays and Trafford Park before crossing the bridge back into MediaCityUK to the finish line. The impressive course has been one of the big selling points for the 10k over the years.
Defending champion Mohammed Abu-Rezeq may not have improved upon his 2016 time but was part of an intriguing duel with City of Sheffield’s Iraitz Arrospide. The Spanish runner was ahead at the half-way point, but Abu-Rezeq managed to defend his title and take victory in 30:39, just three seconds ahead of Arrospide. Trafford Athletic’s Andile Hlebo took third in 31:33.
Just as Abu-Rezeq preserved his winning status at the race, Jacqueline Fairchild recorded another impressive victory in 35:02, nine seconds quicker than her time last year. Liverpool Pembroke’s Kirsty Longley took second (36:20), with Bronwen Jenkinson third (37:19).
A recent post on the event website read: “We had another incredible day for the 2017 UKFast City of Salford 10k! We would like to congratulate each an every runner joined us, you always make this event very special and we are already looking forward to 2018! We would also like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers and supporters for making this day possible.”
Full results are available in our race listings section.