Jonny Mellor and Danielle Fegan enjoyed victories at the sell out Alderley Edge Bypass 10k on Sunday morning with Vale Royal winning the first ever Club Challenge Award.
A field of 2000 runners helped create a memorable morning of racing along the picturesque bypass ran over the new distance of 10k for 2017.
Liverpool Harrier, Jonny Mellor secured overall victory with the Team New Balance Manchester athlete breaking away from last year’s winner Mohammad Abu Rezeq around the 6km mark, speeding ahead to break the tape in 29-minutes and 46-seconds.
Dejene Gezimu (Liverpool Harriers) completed the top three with Welsh Commonwealth Games athlete Andy Davies in fourth with the Wilmslow 10k winner Matt Clowes in fifth making for an exciting spectacle, all inside 30.30.
In the women’s race, Danielle Fegan took top honours with the Sale Harrier breaking the 36-minute barrier in 35:59 just ahead of Alison Lavender Oswestry Olympians) and veteran Diane McVey (Wilmslow RC).
Former International swimmer turned wheelchair racer, Stuart Bloor (Crewe & Nantwich) was once again the winner of the wheelchair race in 25:30.
Behind the elite runners there was a fantastic field with a range of runners from local running clubs, run groups and unattached runners taking part.
Following the 10k event, over 50-children took part in the Kids 1-Mile Fun Run with all proceeds donated to the East Cheshire Hospice, the event’s official charity partner.
Sophie Whiteside, event coordinator said,
“What a fantastic day. The Alderley Edge Bypass is the perfect setting to host a running event – and what a wonderful day for everyone involved. The bypass was a hub of activity as we welcomed runners, their families and spectators to our race village with stalls, kids play & massage all raising funds for ECH.
“It was brilliant to see runners cross the finish line with big smiles on their faces, despite the hot weather. I’m already looking forward to next year.”
Sunday’s event marked the first ever 10k event on the Bypass having previously been ran over 5-miles in 2016, with race director Andrew Whittingham’s decision to lengthen the event paying off with huge demand and a flurry of personal bests for competitors.
Following Sunday’s race the 2018 event was launched with organisers Run North West offering a special early bird price of just £17 until the end of July for the event on Sunday 1st July 2018.
Wilmslow Festive 10k on Sunday 26th November is also filling up fast with organisers encouraging runners to enter early to avoid disappointment for what promises to be another sell out.