The Cheshire 10K further underlined its status as one of the quickest races in the circuit with Mohammed Abu-Rezeq setting a new course record and PB at Sunday’s event. The race also saw Helen Clitheroe run a season’s best of 32:44 en route to victory in the female field.
Held at Arley Hall near Warrington, the bi-annual race attracted a field of 1147 runners. Altrincham’s Abu-Rezeq, winner of the City of Salford 10K and We Love Manchester 10K, continued his fine form with a comfortable victory in 29:11.
Patrick Gardiner took second in a time of 30:48 (also a PB), with Russell Bentley in third (31:09). Abu Rezeq also won the 'Chase the Money' prize for every km he was ahead, winning just under £400 for his run. Paul Savage was the mid-point competitor in 52:05, while the last runner came home in 1:43:06.
Helen Clitheroe led the female field home and took ninth overall, with Sophie Cowper second (35:15) and Gemma Hillier in third (35:38). Clitheroe’s time of 32:44 puts her in third place in the UK 10k rankings this year behind Gemma Steel and Aly Dixon. The 40-year-old athlete later tweeted: “Just home from Cheshire 10K great event in a lovely part of the North West. Very happy to run a course record of 32.47 for the win.”
In addition to the quick times posted, James Bailey set a world record of 40:50 dressed as a postman with a 5kg weight on his back.