This weekend saw a host of top UK runners return to competitive action at the Brooks Alsager 5. The event drew in a field of almost 1000 runners and saw Border Harriers’ Tom Farrell secure a convincing victory on his debut over the distance, finishing almost 30 seconds ahead of second placed Jonathan Taylor.
The Brooks event, which begins at the Alsager Leisure Centre in Crewe, is regarded as one of the fastest 5 mile races on the circuit. Farrell, who had been altitude training in Kenya, led the field home in a time of 24:06, with Taylor (24:33) and Andrew Ward (24:37) taking the other podium positions.
It seems Farrell’s Kenyan training had certainly proven beneficial, as the runner later commented: “Happy to get the win today at Alsager 5. Solid run coming down from Kenya. #somuchoxygen.”
In the women’s competition, Helen Clitheroe built on her fifth place finish at the RIbble Valley 10k to take first place. In what was only her second competitive outing since June 2013, Clitheroe finished in 26:51, with Katie Brough in second (27:09) and Amy Whitehead third (27:15).
Of the 911 competitors who finished, Heather Jackson was the mid-point runner in 39:13, with the last participant home in 1:07:16. Full results are available at northernrunningguide.com.