3 Aug

PBs In Sight At Birchwood 10K

Image from the 1999 race The Birchwood 10K will celebrate its 33rd year on Sunday 21 August with more than 1,000 participants expected to compete at the Warrington event. Throughout its history, the race has become renowned for its fast and flat course and is ideal for northern runners chasing a PB towards the end of their summer training.

Organised by Spectrum Striders, the 10k will take runners on a circular route from Birchwood railway station, mainly on roads, through Birchwood and Croft, finishing in Birchwood Boulevard. This year’s race will have pacers, with target finish times at 5 min. intervals from 45 to 70 minutes.

2015 saw Sale Harriers’ Nigel Martin lead the field home in 33:04, followed by Robert Danson (33:21) and Lee Jones (33:58). Kirsty Longley was top in the female competition in 38:03, with Sarah Murphy (38:21) and Mandy Vernon (38:42) following. Current course records are held by Ben Fish (31:26 in 2014) and Kelly Crickmore (35:28, again in 2014).

Over 700 runners have booked their place (max. race limit is 1200) and entries are still being taken. As an added incentive, a 20% discount is on offer on the combined entry price when entering the Birchwood 10K and either the English Half Marathon or EHM 10K race, which take place in Warrington on Sunday 18 September.

Registration deadline closes on 13 August, more information is available here.