Despite cold, wet and windy conditions at Arley Hall on Saturday (8 November), the Cheshire 10K lived up to its status as one of the fastest on the circuit with a series of impressive times posted. The bi-annual event saw Ryan McLeod begin what would be a busy weekend of racing with victory, while Salford Harriers’ Tess Robinson secured top billing in the women’s competition.
Held at Arley Hall near Warrington, the course took runners around the flat and rural roads of Antrobus. Even on such a dreary Saturday morning, the race still managed to attract 1111 runners, just 30 less than last year.
Tipton Harriers’ Mcleod, fifth in last month’s Cardiff Half Marathon, continued his fine form with a comprehensive victory in 29:47, with Russell Bentley second (31:21) and Gareth Raven third (31:33).
This would be the start of a fruitful weekend for the Tipton Harrier, who went on win the Town Moor Memorial 10K the following day. Mcleod ran another sub 30 (to break his own course record) and crossed the line in 29:32. He tweeted: ‘Maybe I should race consecutive days more often... Today's 10k effort was another win! 29:31 on my own in the wind. No idea how I did that.’
In the women’s field, Tess Robinson finished 20 seconds ahead of Emily Japp (36:17) and Carolyne Baxter rounded off the top trio of female performers (36:56). Michael Hall was the midpoint competitor in 52:06, while last runner crossed the finish line in 1:31:10.