Following his success at last weekend’s Wilmslow Half Marathon, Mohammad Abu-Rezeq recorded a sub 30 performance to take victory at the Cheshire 10k. The Altrincham athlete defeated defending champion Russell Bentley in 29:40, his fastest 10k time of the year.
The event is known to have one of the fastest courses in the north taking place on the flat country roads around Antrobus and this year pulled in one of its biggest turnouts to date with 1091 runners taking part on Sunday (30 March).
To further encourage quick times, organisers offered a ‘Chase the Money’ format, with the leading runner paid £20 for each km in which they were in front. Abu- Rezeq’s took the initiative from the beginning and finished more than a minute ahead of second placed Russell Bentley (30:43), with Matt Barnes in third place 30:49.
In the women’s competition, pre-race favourite Liverpool Harrier Maria Barrett took first place in a time of 35:56. The mid-point runner was Michael Jaras in 53:36, with the last competitor home in 1:26:39.
One participant Nic Kay commented on the Cheshire 10K Facebook page: “Really well organised event, and really enjoyed it the only slight negatives are maybe next time have the cups of water at 5k and the bottles at the end, and possibly a bit nearer the finish line, which seemed the general feeling from a lot of other runners I was talking to while waiting in the queue. Fab event though and will definitely be signing up for it again.”
Full results are available at northernrunningguide.com.