Terrific Times In Trafford
Plenty of runners started the year with a PB thanks to the super fast Trafford 10K...
It was a glorious spring day at Sunday's Trafford 10K with the weather gods looking favourably on the event and blessing competitors with perfect racing conditions.
Organised by Run North West, the popular 10K event is one of the quickest in the country with club runners and elites traveling from all over the UK to participate in a one lap course run on scenic country roads.
The race returned to its regular spring slot in for the 2022 race calendar and was 'better than ever' thanks to a new start that saw runners heading out on smooth tarmac, adding to the fast nature of the course. It certainly impressed this year's runners with Matt Innes commenting on Facebook: "Thanks for a great race. The pot hole free start is soooooo much better!"
Organisers were delighted with turnout and performances with a spokesperson from Run North West commenting: "What a morning at the Trafford 10K! Race conditions were perfect (which Trafford hasn't had for many years) and the change to the start of the course made for a super fast race today and some spectacular performances."
First home was Kadar Omar in a time of 28:27, with Jonny Mellor a close second in 28:32. Ben Connor was hot on their heels in third position with a time of 28:37. Omar's time was a decisive PB as he shaved some 19 seconds off his previous best over this distance.
First female home was Jessica Judd in 31:06, with Samantha Harrison taking second spot in 31:11 and Charlotte Arter third in 31:26. Jessica's time puts her fourth in the British all-time rankings, with only Paula Radcliffe, Liz McColgan and Eilish McColgan ahead of her. What a run for Jess it was!
You can check out all the results via runABC North's race listing page.
Regular runners were every bit as happy with their performances and the general race day atmosphere with Louise Wheeler commenting on Facebook: "Thank you to everyone involved in organising such a great event. Super smiley, helpful marshals and pacers every 2.5 mins were brilliant."
While Rebecca Broadbent reflected on what a difference two years makes: "Fabulous event - 2 years ago it was the last event pre-Covid. Don't think anyone would have believed everything that has happened in between! Was fab to be back at such a fun and friendly event."
Entry is now available for the 2023 event which will take place on 5 March - this is a sell-out event every year, so be quick!