Just a matter of weeks after celebrating life as a 10k, entries for the 2018 edition of the Alderley Edge Bypass are already flying with organisers anticipating another sell-out. Those who enter prior to August will also be able to take advantage of an early bird price of just £17 (£15 for affiliated runners).
The first Sunday in July saw a sell-out field enjoy the first ever Alderley Edge Bypass 10K – after feedback from runners in 2016, event organiser Andrew Whittingham decided to extend the event from five miles. The distance increase saw runners begin off the bypass and, to ensure the course retained its fast profile, the additional 1.2 miles were either flat or downhill making it a quicker event than previously.
As such, the 10k brought about some seriously fast times and a sub-30 performance. Liverpool Harriers’ Jonny Mellor took 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 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).
The combination of a fast and interesting course (plus that of a popular bespoke medal) has already ignited strong demand for the 2018 staging of the race, which is scheduled for Sunday 1 July. Entry is available here.