The We Love Manchester 10K confirmed its reputation as one of the most popular events in the northern calendar with more than 3,000 entrants in Sunday’s (12 July) race. The 10k saw Mohammed Abu-Rezeq claim his fourth consecutive victory, narrowly edging out Sale Harriers’ Matt Bond.
Affectionately known as the ‘People’s Race', the event saw competitors start and finish at the Regional Athletics Track, Sportcity, next to the Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City FC. Moving out of Sportcity, the course looped at 6.5k comes back into the campus to let runners enjoy a cracking finale on the track.
Alrtrincham’s Abu-Rezeq, who took second place at May’s Chester Half Marathon, finished in 30:32, narrowly edging out Bond (30:33). Tesfaye Debele took third position in 32:05. In the women’s field, 43-year-old Michelle Ross-Cope put in a fine performance to secure first position in 34:13, with Jane Evans (35:53), her closest competitor. Patrick Donohoe was mid-placed in the field in 54:22, while the final runner came home in 1:44:59
A recent statement on organisers Sports Tours International’s website read: “We had a fantastic time for this year's Decathlon We Love Manchester 10k! With over 3, 500 runners taking to the streets of Manchester ranging in all ages and abilities, it was great to see lots of smiling faces cross the finish line, hitting PB's and raising money for some fantastic causes.”
runABC star contributor Shona Thomson was a happy participant: "What I loved about the We Love Manchester 10K was that it had a huge sense of occasion. Running through the heart of so many world class sports venues such as the Manchester Velodrome and the English Institute of Sport, and knowing that hundreds of outstanding athletes had walked the pavements of the route, was very inspiring and uplifting."
Full results of Sunday's race are available here.