Just two days remain for anyone looking to add some gloss to their summer running and register for one of the key events in the north-west, the UKFast We Love Manchester 10K. While the 10k is known to offer a high PB potential, organiser Graham Jackson told runABC that, with the final runners expected to cross the line on Sunday in over 1 hour 45 minutes, this “truly is a race for everybody, every shape, size and ability”.
This open arms policy has seen the 10k commonly referred to as the ‘People’s Race' throughout the years. Upwards of 3,000 runners will make their way to the start point at Regional Athletics Track, Sportcity, next to the Etihad Stadium. Moving out of Sportcity, the course loops at 6.5k and comes back into the campus to let runners enjoy a cracking finale on the track.
Looking ahead to race day, Graham Jackson said the team at organisers Sports Tours International are excited for another superb event: “The UKFast We Love Manchester 10K is known for being one of the most friendly on the circuit and we can’t wait to welcome everyone on Sunday.”
Graham continued: “This is a race for all the family and we will be hosting The Toddler Trot on Sunday, which has once again been really popular and priced at just £3 with a goodie bag for the kids. There will be loads of activities on throughout the day at the Athlete Village, including taster sessions with the Manchester Giants and the British Weightlifting team.”
2016 highlighted the 10k’s speedy potential and saw Mohammed Abu-Rezeq claim his fifth successive victory with a winning time of 30:33, 40 seconds ahead of Carl Hardman (31:13), with Tarus Elly third (32:19). Kirsty Longley (37:22) secured first in the female competition ahead of Emily Beedham second (38:38) and Kelly Edwards third (39:13). Both Abu-Rezeq and Longley will be defending their titles on Sunday.
Registration, priced at just £21 (£19 affiliated), closes Friday at 5pm.