With exactly a month until race day (20 August) the Birchwood 10K has its sights firmly on a sell-out with organisers confirming that 1000 entries have already been snapped up. Just 200 places remain for the 10k, which, with a flat and fast course through Warrington, is commonly viewed as a perfect opportunity for Merseyside and Cheshire runners to round off their summer training with a PB.
First held in 1984, the Spectrum Striders event will take runners on a circular route from Birchwood railway station, mainly on roads, through Birchwood and Croft, finishing in Birchwood Boulevard.
Stockport Harriers’ Jack Martin was a convincing champion last year with a winning time of 31:27 (this was also a course record of sorts—a new route was implemented in 2016 and the course has changed several times throughout its 34-year history). Daniel Kestrel took second in 32:30, with Ben Russell third (32:35).
Liverpool Pembroke’s Kirsty Longley took first in the female field and 25th overall, crossing the line in 36:52. Gemma Connolly (36:58) and Vale Royal’s Sarah Murphy (37:52) rounded off the top trio of podium places.
Online registration for the Birchwood 10K on Sunday 20 August is priced at just £17 (or £15 for affiliated runners). Entry is available here.