Jack Martin, winnter of the 2017 and 2018 Alsager 5

Poignant day expected at upcoming Alsager 5

One of the country’s most popular 5 mile events, the VeloRunner Alsager 5, will welcome a sell-out field on Sunday 3 February. And next month’s event is set to be an emotionally charged affair with the 5 miler dedicated to its long standing race director, Dave Edwards, who passed away in November.

Established in 1985 (although it was then known as the Butters 5), the Alsager 5 has built a reputation as one of the fastest of its kind on the circuit, a feature that means that the 1000 entry limit is frequently reached before race day. Edwards, who had co-organised the race with Ken Rushton since 1990, sadly passed away last year and the upcoming event will be held in his memory.

The event's 5 mile distance means that it is an attractive proposition for those looking to build up to 10k and more experienced club runners who are keen to test their speed at an early point in the year.

2018 saw defending champions Jack Martin and Lauren Howarth both make it two-in-a-row with impressive victories. Stockport Harriers Martin was first across the finish line in 24:19, some 15 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Edward Shepherd, with Frank Baddick of Newham & Essex Beagles AC third in 24:39.

Howarth of Leigh Harriers won the women’s race in 26:55, with Katie Holt of City of Stoke AC second in 27:37 and Laura Hesketh of Clayton Harriers rounding off the top trio of female performers in 28:09.

Keep an eye out for runABC North’s race report early next month

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