While Farah was hitting the high notes of a fifth victory at the Great North Run, Salford was savouring the exploits of its very own champion, Mohammed Abu-Rezeq. The Altrincham & District runner recorded his seventh consecutive victory at the race on a day in which the UKFast City of Salford 10K further cemented its status as one of the north west’s premier events.
Sunday (9 September) saw a bumper field of close to 2400 head to MediaCity UK for the latest staging of the Sports Tours International organised event. Runners followed a route around Salford Quays and Trafford Park before crossing the bridge back into MediaCityUK to the finish line.
Abu-Rezeq, while not hitting top form, still secured a comfortable victory in 32:18, more than a minute faster than his closest opponent, Christopher Gidlow (33:42). Matthew Hallam followed shortly behind in 33:46.
In the women’s competition, Kirsty Longley was back to winning ways at the race after coming second last year. The Liverpool Pembroke runner won at a canter, too, finishing almost five minutes ahead of her closest competitor, Sarah Saxton (40:28). Laura Brown took third in 41:20.
Kirsty later commented on her performance and meeting up with the race’s most famous ambassador: “Happy to run 50 secs quicker than last year! Love this event and always good catch up with the Legend Ron Hill.”