Tesfaye Debele clearly enjoys the terrain at Aintree Racecourse with the Leeds City runner recording a treble at Liverpool on Sunday (20 September). Debele headed a field of almost 700 participants at the Club La Santa Grand 10K Run at the home to the famous Grand National.
Since it was established three years ago, the innovative 10k has become a popular fixture in the Northern calendar. The course saw runners take in some of the most famous names in British horseracing including The Chair and Becher's Brook and along Melling Road.
Debele, enjoying a prodigious year with victories at the Warrington and Harrogate 10K, crossed the line in 31:58, with Salford Harriers’ Adam Slodowicz in second (34:07) and Paul Sankey third (34:11).
The women’s competition welcomed a new champion in Liverpool Pembroke Sefton’s Kirsty Longley (37:08), with Vicky Unsworth second (40:36) and Sarah Carroll third (42:42). Mid-point in the field was Suzanne Bevan in 56:10, while the last runner came home in 1:44:05.
Sports Tours International race director Graham Jackson said: “We would like to thank everyone for taking part in the Club La Santa Grand 10K Run at Aintree Racecourse and making it a great success. The atmosphere, the supporting crowd and volunteers were all fantastic.”
Official partners of this year’s race were Mersey-based charities Alder Hey Children’s Charity and Claire House Children’s Hospice.