Mohammed Abu-Rezeq has made the UKFast We Love Manchester 10K very much his own, with the Altrincham and District securing his fifth consecutive victory at the race on Sunday (10 July). Abu-Rezeq was one of 2020 runners who successfully completed the 10k, now regarded as one of the key events in the North West calendar.
Affectionately known as the ‘People’s Race', the event saw competitors, which included Manchester's Lord Mayor Councillor Carl Austin-Behan and running legend Ron Hill MBE, start and finish at the Regional Athletics Track, Sportcity, next to the Etihad Stadium. Moving out of Sportcity, the course loops at 6.5k and comes back into the campus to let runners enjoy a cracking finale on the track.
Abu-Rezeq’s firm grip on the race never looked under threat as he posted a winning time of 30:33, 40 seconds ahead of Carl Hardman (31:13), with Tarus Elly third (32:19). The win marks a successful summer period for Abu-Rezeq, with the 32-year-old top at last month’s Tour of Tameside.
It seems the travails at the Tour paid dividends for another runner as Kirsty Longley, top in the female field at the event, managed another victory on Sunday. The Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton runner took first (and 20th overall) in 37:22, with Emily Beedham second (38:38) and Kelly Edwards third (39:13).
Kevin Harmer, UK Events and Sponsorship Manager, was delighted with the direction in which the race is heading: “The UKFast We Love Manchester 10K has continued to grow and is becoming one of the most popular races in the North West. We are still committed to ensuring it is a friendly race and we want our races to be an opportunity for friends, families and first time runners to enjoy the benefits of running.”
The race also saw two of runABC's online competition winners, Nick Gaskell and Michael Kelly, successfully complete the race. Both did exceptionally well, with Nick finishing 14th overall in 36:21 (making him first vet!) and Michael 93rd in 41:12. Congratulations Nick and Michael!