In what was at its best a challenging weekend of racing weather, Trafford 10K was another that found itself facing some tricky conditions. And, just as the other events in the region prevailed, so did this classic 10K, with 32 athletes breaking 32 minutes and two record breaking performances from female athletes.
Sunday’s (10 March) race was the first under the direction of Run North West, who took over the event after the baton was passed on by Dave Norman. Norman had been in charge of the race for 20 years and had seen the event become a cornerstone of the North of England racing calendar.
With a portfolio that includes the Wilmslow Festive 10K, Alderley Edge 10K and Southport Seaside 10K, it was a safe choice and so it proved with all of the entries for Sunday’s race snapped up.
Breaking the 30 minute barrier and bagging first place was Bert van Nunen in 29:26, with Conor Dooney (29:31) and Matthew Bergin following. It was perhaps the women’s race that shone brightest with Laura Weightman (31.59) and Beth Potter (32.05) both running quicker on UK soil than any other British athlete since 2015. Birchfield Harriers’ Sara Treacy (34:11) took third.
One of those to compete in the sell-out field was Aaron Lee, who was taking part in the race as part of a challenge that will see him tackle 22 10ks, dedicated to each of the Manchester bombing victims. Aaron, who was on duty the night of the bombing, has raised almost £10,000 so far.
The generosity of those in and around the race was also revealed in a message from the race organisers, who had encouraged participants to donate to their local foodbank. It read: We decided to make a Foodbank appeal and have been blown away by your generosity, this morning we dropped off a sizeable parcel at the local Trafford depot.
“The way the running community comes together to volunteer for a variety of tasks is so great and a special mention has to go to the Altrincham AC & Lindow Scouts who marshalled the course in such awful conditions but continued to clap and cheer the runners through. Everyone can be very proud that a grim weather day can turn out such positivity in true British spirit!”