A sunlit Etihad Campus proved to be a glorious backdrop to Sunday’s (9 July) UKFast We Love Manchester 10K. Over 2,000 recreational, charity and elite athletes enjoyed emphatic support from the local running community, underlining the event’s status as ‘The People’s Race’.
From the start point at Regional Athletics Track, next to the Etihad Stadium, competitors, facing temperatures moving into the mid twenties, moved out of Sportcity and back into the campus for a cracking finale on the track.
There was a familiar face at the front with Mohammed Abu-Rezeq recording a sixth successive victory in 30:50, shaking off admirable challenges from Alistair Watson (31:09) and Richard Waldron (32:11). After another win, there will no doubt be a number of runners looking to prise the Manchester crown from Abu-Rezeq next year.
The race welcomed a new female champion in Hannah Jarvis (37:21) with the Dorking & Mole Valley AC athlete taking the spoils in a close contest with 2016 winner Kirsty Longley (37:26). Knowsley Harriers’ Catherine Howard took third (38:06). Beth Barnes was the mid-placed runner in 58:31.
With the 10k completed, the day was rounded off in fitting fashion with the ever-popular Toddler Trot. Over two hundred boys and girls ran the full 400 metres, which brought the curtain down on a fantastic day, as articulated by a clearly delighted race director, Graham Jackson: “The UKFast We Love Manchester 10k once again showed the passion that people have for running.
“Whether they are serious runners or runners that do it for the challenge or to raise money for charity, they all ran together to play their part in a magnificent day.”
Full results are available on our race listings page.