Just a small number of entries for next weekend’s (Sunday 20 August) Birchwood 10K are available with organisers expecting the race to sell out in a matter of days. The 10k is seen as a perfect opportunity to put your summer training to the test with a fast and flat course that always produces PBs.
Hosted by North West club Spectrum Striders, the long-established run has been run every year since 1984 and is consistently ranked as one of the top events in the UK. The race will see runners take on a circular route from Birchwood train station, mainly on roads, through Birchwood and Croft, finishing in Birchwood Boulevard.
Stockport Harriers’ Jack Martin was a convincing champion last year with a winning time of 31:27 (this was also a course record of sorts – a new route was implemented in 2016 and the course has changed several times throughout its 34-year history). Daniel Kestrel took second in 32:30, with Ben Russell third (32:35).
Liverpool Pembroke’s Kirsty Longley took first in the female field and 25th overall, crossing the line in 36:52. Gemma Connolly (36:58) and Vale Royal’s Sarah Murphy (37:52) rounded off the top trio of podium places.
Online registration for the Birchwood 10K on Sunday 20 August is priced at just £17 (or £15 for affiliated runners). Entry is available here.