The inaugural Grand 10K Run at Aintree Racecourse got off to a flying start with more than 500 runners taking part in Sunday's (22 September) race. The unique event, organised by Sports Tours International, saw competitors follow a route entirely within the grounds of Aintree Racecourse, home to the famous Grand National.
The 10K race passed some of the most famous and iconic names in British horseracing history including The Chair and Becher's Brook, Red Rum and the Winning Post, and along the Melling Road.
Tesfaye Debele took advantage of a predominantly flat course by securing first place with an impressive time of 31:39, followed by Salford Harriers' Tarus Elly in 32:38, with Luke Towers taking third place in 36:04. In the women's competition, Kirsty Longley of Liverpool Pembroke finished well ahead of the field in a time of 38:09, with Sarah Roberts taking second and Elaine Maylor third. The mid-point competitor was Stuart Harrison in 55:06, with the final runner home in 1:33:04.
Sports Tours International race director Graham Jackson said: "We would like to thank everyone for taking part in the inaugural Grand 10K Run at Aintree Racecourse and making it a great success. The weather couldn't have been better and the supporting crowd and volunteers were fantastic."
On the conclusion to the race, Graham added: "The course was fairly flat, which made it not too challenging for beginners but we saw some excellent finish times from the fast runners. We were delighted with the numbers for the first year and we hope to see the numbers increase year on year."
Full results are available via northernrunningguide.com.