Jonny Mellor continued his impressive recent form to comfortably win the Port Sunlight 10K on Sunday (19 May). Under new management in the shape of btrLiverpool, the combined 5k and 10k events, staged in the Port Sunlight Village, witnessed a significant increase in entries with over 1,500 runners taking part.
Only in its second year, the 10k received great feedback after its inaugural staging and was voted the second best 10k in the UK. Set in the residential surroundings of the old Lever Brothers worker's village, the two lap course is flat with an idyllic backdrop for runners.
Mellor, who had ran a 13:59 at the Christleton 5K on Friday, didn't show any signs of fatigue as he took control from the start, coming home in a time of 31:10. The Liverpool Harriers member finished more than 3 minutes ahead of Brendan Rothery (34:18), with Greg Jones in third position (35:19). Top in the female field was Liverpool Pembroke's Kirsty Longley (37:09), followed by Sophie Whiteside (38:47) and Sophie Hunt (38:58).
Introduced after the success of the 10k event, the first ever Port Sunlight 5k was won by Matt Davies in a time of 16:45, with Lisa Gawthorne taking first place in the women's event in 19:39.
Speaking to northernrunningguide.com, btrLiverpool's Alan Rothwell said he was delighted with the day's proceedings: "I'm really pleased with the way the Port Sunlight event went, the feedback has been so positive again. The village is a great setting for a race I look forward to another great event at Port Sunlight next May."
Full results are available via are results website.