Rain failed to dampen spirits at the Puma Stockport 10 with over 1100 runners taking part in Sunday’s event. The race, hosting the Northern Athletics 10 mile championships for the first time, saw Commonwealth Games marathon runner Andrew Davies take victory, closely followed by fellow Stockport Harrier Jack Morris.
Runners were entertained before the start by Tony Audenshaw's alter ego, Tom Poston who acted as announcer for the event. Stockport Harriers' national cross country champion and mountain runner Steve Vernon started the race and also rode the lead bike.
Davies, who took 17th place at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, rounded off what has been a fruitful 2014 with victory in a time of 50:25, with Jack Morris in second (50:32) and Blackburn Harrier Ben Fish taking third place in 51:07.
Ali Lavender of Oswestry led the women home in 58.13 with Sophie Cowper of Lincoln Wellington finishing second in 60.57. Stockport's Jenny Knass, fresh from her trip to Ethiopia to take part in the Great Ethiopian run, rounded off the top trio of female performers to finish in 61.45.
The winning man and woman received cash prizes and a pair of Puma Faas running shoes, while Stockport Harriers cleaned up in the team event winning both men’s and women’s team prizes. Full results are available via northernrunningguide.com.