Next month’s Alsager 5 will illustrate once again why the event has become a staple on the calendar for over 30 years with a field that contains first-timers and elites alike primed and ready for a late winter race. The New Balance sponsored event, which is scheduled for Sunday 5 February, will once again be a full house, with organiser Ken Rushton revealing it was the quickest they had filled their entry quota.
The Alsager 5 mile race started in 1985 (then known as the Butters 5) and has built a reputation as a very fast 5 mile race, a feature that means over 1000 runners will toe the start line at Crewe’s Alsager Leisure Centre next month.
Last year saw many starting their 2016 with a fast pace: at the front, Jonny Taylor secured victory in 24:10, 12 seconds ahead of Stockport’s Patrick Martin (24:22), with Frank Baddick third. In the women’s competition, Elle Vernon took first place in 27:17, followed by Laura Whittle (27:25) and Rebecca Robinson (27:41).
The field for next month’s race is looking similarly fierce and includes Staffordshire Cross Country champions, Stoke AC pair Alex Brekker and Katie Holt, plus Shropshire Cross Country Champion, Telford AC’s Claire Martin.
Likely to mount a challenge in the men’s field is Tipton’s Ben Gamble, winner of last year’s Flying Fox 10, Bracknell AC’s Richard Allen, third at last month’s Ribble Valley 10K and Stroud’s Josh Dixon.