The sun shone on Media City on Sunday morning (8 September) for the UKFast City of Salford 10K. The fine weather was a boon for spectators but tested runners on the impressive course that progressed around Salford Quays and Trafford Park before crossing the bridge back into Media City to the finish line.
Runners would have been galvanised on the final stages by the dedication of the last mile of the race to the late Mo Done, a proud Salfordian, and the inspiration for the Running Bee Foundation, which benefits from the profits of the 2,000+ strong race.
Clarissa Giebel caught the atmosphere when she tweeted: "It was a nice race, well organised and lovely supportive marshals. Hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. All profits going to local Salford causes too which is also lovely."
First-timer Steph Meskell-Brocken was pleased too: "One of my absolute proudest moments ever yesterday doing my first 10k. Genuinely enjoyed it and already looking for my next one."
At the business end of the race Mohammad Abu-Rezeq completed an eighth successive win at City of Salford 10K. His time of 30:27 was his fastest in the race since 2016. The Altrincham & District star was followed home by North Derbyshire RC's Richard Start (31:26) and Bure Valley Harrier Scott Walford (33:22).
Kirsty Longley, herself a multiple winner of the women's race, clocked 34:29, a minute quicker than her 2018 time. She looked pleased when collecting her prize post-race if a little wary of a scary group of Star Wars storm troopers who were in attendance!
Local club runners – including big contingents from Sale Harriers, Chorlton Runners, Salford Metropolitan AC, Manchester Road Runners and Southport Harriers – plus the enthusiastic Daddie's Escape team received great support around the course. In fact the encouragement of the Salford crowds at the start/finish and along the route was a feature of the event.
The field closed on 2:36:42 when the brave Carl Travis battled over the finish line in crutches.
UKFast City of Salford 10K is organised under the Running Bee Foundation banner with all profits going to projects which support health and well-being, including combating child obesity, in communities where Sports Tours International stage events.
The next 2019 Running Bee Foundation event is the City of Preston 10K on Sunday 29 September. Full details on the event website.
You can link to full results for the City of Salford 10K at runABC North's race listing page.