This year’s Grand 10K Run at Aintree will have a new look with the race now called the Matalan Merseyside 10K. The event, scheduled for Sunday 2 October, will still retain, however, its innovative route, which passes by many of the Grand National’s famous fences.
Since it was established four years ago, this 10k has become a popular fixture in the Northern race calendar. The course, which moves through the iconic racecourse, takes in some of the most famous names in British horseracing including The Chair and Becher's Brook as well as travelling along the Melling Road.
2015 saw Tesfaye Debele top a field of 700 to cross the line in 31:58, with Salford Harriers’ Adam Slodowicz in second (34:07) and Paul Sankey third (34:11). The women’s competition welcomed a new champion in Liverpool Pembroke Sefton’s Kirsty Longley (37:08), with Vicky Unsworth second (40:36) and Sarah Carroll third (42:42).
In addition to the 10k, a Toddler Trot, designed for children under 8 years old, will also take place. Registration for the Matalan Merseyside is priced at just £15 (or £13 for club runner entry). More information is available here.