19 Apr

Port Sunlight Lives Up To Name

Start of 10K race - Paul Francis CooperThe 1400 runners who took part in Sunday’s Port Sunlight 5K and 10K enjoyed glorious weather as they made their way through the model village in Wirral. Enjoying its fifth year, the race also saw some extremely impressive performances, with Aaron Jarvis and Dejene Gezimu posting winning times of 16:10 and 30:18 respectively, while three new course records were set.

Set against the stunning Port Sunlight village, the event is within easy reach of runners across Merseyside. The model village was created on the Wirral at the end of the 19th century by Lever Brothers to accommodate workers in its soap factory (now part of Unilever). The name is derived from Lever Brothers' most popular brand of cleaning agent, Sunlight.

Liverpool Pembroke’s Jarvis set a fast early pace and maintained this throughout, finishing just under a minute ahead of Jack Atkins (17:01), with Richard Davies in third (17:09). Hannah Whiteside took top place in the women’s field with a time of 19:48, with Rheagan Edwards following (19:54). 

In the 10k, meanwhile, Liverpool Harriers’ Gezimu, top in last month’s Liverpool Half, enjoyed another successful outing to claim first place and a PB of 30:18. The 22-year-old was followed by Rob Webb (32:00) and club mate Charla Hassan (32:04). Hannah's sister, Sophie, Whiteside chalked up her first victory of the season in 36:40, with Helen Sahgal second (37:06) and Kirsty Longley third (37:26). Three course records were set on the day – Aaron in the 5k, Dejene and Sophie in the 10k competition.

The double racers - Paul Francis CooperA group of 69 eager runners also pushed themselves by taking part in the 5k race, quickly followed by the 10k race. This is the third year that runners have done the double, with the number taking on the Port Sunlight double challenge increasing year on year.

Race director Alan Rothwell comments: “What a fantastic day of running in Port Sunlight, during which three new course records were set. Congratulations Aaron, Dejene and Sophie, you’ve certainly raised the bar even higher for next year. We had an excellent turn-out and there was a real family atmosphere. Our thanks go to our headline sponsor Unilever, and also Port Sunlight Village Trust and the residents.”

Full results are available here.