It was another record breaking morning on Sunday (6 September) with 3000 runners competing in the Decathlon City of Salford 10K. As with previous years, the field took advantage of what is recognised as a fast and flat route around Salford Quays and MediaCityUK, with James Douglas and Katie Brough leading the men and women home in 31:21 and 34:36 respectively.
Now the Decathlon City of Salford 10K after a sponsorship deal with the leading sport’s retailer, the race has become one of the leading 10ks in the North West with impressive turnouts in successive years. The race started at 10.15am on the MediaCityUK piazza and followed a route around Salford Quays and Trafford Park before crossing the bridge back into MediaCityUK to the finish line.
Border Harriers’ Douglas put in a fine performance to finish just over 20 seconds ahead of Tesfaye Debele (31:43), with Ben Riddell close behind in third (31:48). In the women’s competition, Brough, who represents Great Britain and England in cross country and track events, secured a comprehensive victory in 34:36, two and a half minutes ahead of second placed Kirsty Longley (37:08), while Rhiannon Silson took third (37:35). Midpoint in the field was Josh Libberton (54:27), while the last runner came home in 1:54:11.
Chief Executive of Sports Tours International, Chris Bird, commented: “Over the past few years the race has continued to grow to become one of most popular races in the region, and on Sunday we welcomed a record number of runners. It was a fantastic atmosphere in Salford, the sun was shining and it was great to see so many runners raising money for important causes. People of all ages and abilities took part and we would like to thank everyone for making the effort.”
Next up in the Sports Tours International calendar is the Grand 10K Run at Aintree, scheduled for Sunday 20 September. More information on the race is available here.