The Wilmslow Half Marathon celebrated its 30th staging in style with almost 4,000 runners taking part and a close finish between the leading two competitors. Altrincham & District AC’s Mohammad Abu-Rezeq took first place in 1:06:01, five seconds ahead of Salford Harriers’ Tomas Abyu.
Regarded as one of the premier half marathons in the UK, the race took runners from Kings Road towards Burleyhurst Lane. Moving counter-clockwise, the predominantly flat course finished at Mobberley Road.
Abu-Rezeq’s victory is his second half marathon success of the year after he took top place at January’s Essar Four Villages. Abu-Rezeq and Abyu were closely followed by Michael Crawley of Corstorphine AC, who finished in 1:06:13.
Julie Briscoe of Wakefield District Harriers successfully defended her title in the women’s competition, coming home in 1:15:28. Oswestry Olympians’ Alison Lavendar took second in 1:16:44, with Kelly Crickmore in third (1:17:06). Laura Crayner was the mid-point competitor in 1:54:06, while the field cloased in 3:21:21.
This year’s event, sponsored by Waters Corporation, had Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society as its lead charity. The charity supports disabled children and adults in the local community to lead a more independent life, especially those with the most complex needs.