After feedback from last year’s field who said they enjoyed the race so much they wanted more of it, Run North West, organisers of the Run the Alderley Edge Bypass, have confirmed that the distance of the 2017 event will be extended from 5 miles to 10k. The race, scheduled for Sunday 2 July, now promises a fast course with the bypass offering some stunning views of the Cheshire countryside.
The story of the race’s inception is intimately tied to the village’s recent history: the Alderley Edge bypass opened in 2010 after decades of local campaigning to relieve Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley of the heavy through traffic, particularly at peak times. As a one-off, a 5-mile event was held to celebrate its completion.
After completing the original race, Run North West founder Andrew Whittingham believed the route to be ideal for running, and, when he decided to launch a company to organise races, the bypass seemed a great place to start. After negotiating with East Cheshire Council, permission was granted for a repeat of the 5-mile run and plans for Run the Bypass 2016 were set in motion.
The return of the 5-miler proved to have a big impact with a turnout of 875 runners. Taking into account feedback from the field, the race was extended to 10k by beginning the race off the bypass – the additional 1.2 miles are either flat or downhill making it a quicker event than previously.
Entries for the Run the Alderley Edge Bypass 10K are now open – organisers Run North West are offering a discounted price for anyone who also registers for their event Run the Wilmslow 10K. More information is available at the Run North West website.