A sell-out field, fine summer weather and a speedy course all ensured that the first staging of the 10k distance at Alderley Edge was a resounding success. The expectation that the inaugural event would throw up some quick times proved to be wholly accurate, with the top five runners all dipping within the 30:30 bracket.
Sunday’s race was the first to cover 10k – after feedback from runners over previous years, race director Andrew Whittingham decided to extend the 2017 from five miles to 10k. The extension meant that Sunday’s race began off the bypass and ensured that that the additional 1.2 miles were either flat or downhill.
As anticipated, the race turned out to be close at the front with some of the leading northern runners competing. Liverpool Harriers’ Jonny Mellor really picked up the pace over the second 5k to take victory in 29:46, ousting the in-form Mohammed Abu-Rezeq (30:17).
Mellor’s clubmate Dejene Gezimu secured third (30:22), while Stockport Harriers’ Andrew Davies (30:26) and Cardiff’s Matt Clowes (30:30) accounted for a seriously strong top five.
Sale Harriers’ Danielle Fegan was first to cross the line in the female competition in 35:59, with Alison Lavender of Oswestry Olympians second in 36:22 and Dianne McVey third (36:32). Tour of Tameside winner Kirsty Longley took fourth in 36:49. Wilmslow’s Peter Watson at 55:22 was the midplaced competitor.
A recent post on the event's Facebook page read: “Amazing morning and atmosphere at the Alderley Edge bypass 10K. Congratulations and thanks to all you super runners & volunteers. With sold out entries of 1950 it was an amazing spectacle.”
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Image courtesy Bryan Dale