A record number of 1122 runners took on a revamped Matalan Merseyside 10K last Sunday (2 October). The race, formerly called the Grand 10K Run at Aintree, saw the in-form Dejene Gezimu from Liverpool Harriers prevail in a thrilling contest in the men’s competition, with Catherine Howard top in the women’s field.
Aintree was, like many of the top races this weekend, filled with sunshine as the field made their way through the iconic racecourse, which incorporated some of the most famous names in British horseracing including The Chair and Becher's Brook as well as travelling along the Melling Road.
Gezimu, who has enjoyed a remarkable autumn so far with wins at the Wigan and Wirral 10K over the past three weeks, continued his winning streak with victory in 31:26, just three seconds ahead of Gareth Raven. Salford Harriers’ Adam Slodowicz rounded off the top trio of male performers in 31:53.
In the women’s competition, Catherine Howard of Knowsley Harriers secured first in 36:36, followed by Kirsty Longley of Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton Harriers 37:01 and Elisabeth Kilcourse 39:32. Rebecca Benson was midpoint in the field in 57:02, while the last runner came home in 1:56:01.
A recent post on Sports Tours International’s website, organisers of the race, read: “What a fantastic (and sunny) day we had for the 2016 Matalan Merseyside 10k. We would like to congratulation each and every one of you and all little Toddler Trot runners too!”