Cheshire turned out to be a happy stomping ground for Mohammed Abu-Rezeq once again as the Altrincham and District runner took victory at Saturday’s 10K. The bi-annual event also saw Oswestry’s Ali Lavender secure a PB and first place in the women’s competition.
Held at Arley Hall near Warrington, the bi-annual race attracted a field of 1059 runners - an impressive turnout considering the event fell a day prior to the Greater Manchester Marathon. The field enjoyed crisp, bright conditions on a course that is renowned for its speed.
Abu-Rezeq, winner of February’s Dewshury 10K, led from the outset to finish in a time of 29:12, just one second off the time he set last year. GB international Ryan McLeod signalled his return from injury with a strong showing, coming second in 29:29, with Rob Webb in third (31:48).
In the women’s field, Lavender, 26, crossed the line in 34:34, with Charnwood’s Emily Whitmore second (34:56) and Leigh’s Dionne Allen third (35:11).
After her victory, Lavender tweeted: “Brilliant hols capped off by a PB at the @Cheshire10k on Saturday—I’ll be back for sure!” The midpoint runner was Julie Brown in 52:08, while the last competitor came home in 1:23:17.