18 Aug

Birchwood Beckons For North West Runners

Birchwood 10KThis Sunday (22 August) will see Warrington host top road race, the Birchwood 10K. The race, organised Spectrum Striders, is expected to attract 1000 runners, and with a fast and flat course on offer, many are likely to be chasing a PB at the end of the summer racing season. 

Tracing back to 1984, the Birchwood has ranked consistently high on the list of the UK’s top road races and has become known for offering a unique finishers prize; the legendary 10k luxury bath towel. The race also has a dedicated commentator, Pete Pinnington, who will be playing music and taking requests throughout the day.

Last year’s race saw over 900 runners compete, with Ben Fish taking top spot. The Blackburn Harrier finished in 31:26, 14 seconds ahead of Michael Aspinall (31:40) in second. Salford Harriers’ Tarus Elly, winner of the 2013 event, rounded off the top trio with a time of 32:28.

In the women’s field, Kelly Crickmore (35:28) finished more than two minutes ahead of Diane McVey (37:48), with Sarah Murphy in third position (38:14). 

Online entries for the race are taken until 20 August. Registration is available at Spectrum Striders’ website and priced at £16.