The Mossley 10k attracts record-breaking numbers
Monday 17th July 2017 13:52 Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

A record-breaking 374 runners took to the streets of Mossley on Sunday for the annual 10k.

In its fourth consecutive year, the event attracted a good mix of club-class competitors, social runners and charity fundraisers, as well as spectators and volunteers who helped marshal the course.

Created by Mossley Running Club and sponsored by O’Donnell Solicitors, the event was regarded as a huge success by event organiser, Harry Hulmes.

 

Describing the event as a ‘big job’, Harry said: “It has been a busy weekend for me and my family, as well as Mossley Running Club who have been a great help.

“It’s the fourth year we’ve run it now, and we’ve increased numbers every year and we’ve increased on last year by about 25 runners.

“I turned down a lot of runners when applications closed at noon on Friday, but we had to do that for admin purposes.”

The race, which starts and finishes at Mossley AFC’s Seel Park ground, takes runners on an undulating and picturesque course from Upper Mossley, around Lower Mossley and Greenfield with beautiful views of the countryside along the way.

Harry said the course was intended to be as flat as possible when the idea was suggested four years ago. He said: “It’s a challenge and even for the more serious runners as well; it’s not a course you would perhaps try and get a personal best on.

“It’s quite a difficult course; it’s 2k downhill and 8k gradually uphill.

“We came up with the idea four years ago, and we tried to create a route that was as flat possible. I think that’s at flat as you can possibly get it.

“We have lots of club runners which show that people take it seriously, but there’s also an equal amount of individuals who come out and just enjoy the run.”

Mossley Running Club were well represented on the day

A number of running clubs took part on the day, including Mossley Running Club, East Cheshire Harriers and Chorlton Runners.

However, participants who took the spotlight on the day were predominantly from Sale Harriers Running Club, Royton Road Runners and the Hyde Village Striders.

 

Gareth Raven (left) and Paul Green congratulate each other upon finishing

 

Paul Green, from Mossley, claimed his third title in four years as the overall winner after finishing in 33.51, while fellow Sale Harrier Gareth Raven – who won the 2017 Tour of Tameside – trailed closely behind in second place after completing the course in 34.25.

Patrick Gardiner, who is listed on the results page as an unaffiliated runner, came third in 34.38.

Meanwhile in the Female Division, Hyde Village Strider Vicky Wright came first in 38.59, while Royton Road Runner Jennifer Bloor came second in 40.00.

Emma Finney, who represented Sale Harriers, took third spot after finishing in 42.15.

 

Vicky is interviewed by Tameside Radio’s Dave Taylor

Upon finishing the race, Paul said he was delighted to bring the title back to Mossley. “It felt really easy during the first half and then just at the turn near Uppermill, it started to pick up” he said.

“I managed to get a few yards ahead so I thought ‘I’m not giving up that’, and pushed on to the end.

“The last kilometre was really tough!”

 

Paul is interviewed by Tameside Radio’s Dave Taylor

As an established runner, Paul, 45, gave inexperienced runners some sound advice. “At the end of the day, nobody is judging you; people respect you” he said.

“If I see someone running or jogging, then full respect – anything is better than sitting in front of the TV doing nothing.

“Once you get a feel for it, it’s like a drug and you can’t let go.

“Once you can build up to a certain mileage a week and develop some consistency, you’ll start to improve.”

Having sponsored the event, James O’Donnell took part in the race and crossed the finish line in 55.26.

The 37-year-old, who specialises in all property related matters both residential and commercial, explained his reasons for sponsoring the race. “We sponsor Mossley Running Club as well, which I’m also a member of, so it’s great to be able to do this again and see the numbers grow year on year” he said.

“In terms of health, the benefits of running are astonishing.

“Some of the people I run with have lost a lot of weight in the space of a year, and they’re feeling great about themselves, they’re entering races and they’re doing fantastic.

“Some of them are even entering the elite running stage, so the benefits are enormous and it’s brilliant to be able to put our business forward as a supporter of that.”

Like his grandfather before him, James played for Mossley as a junior.

These ties to the club are one of the reasons why he feels compelled to ‘give something back’. He said: “In terms of money, it’s not been an expensive thing to do.

“I played for Mossley Football Club as a junior, and my grandfather played for the club in the 30s and 40s, so my ties to the club go back a long way.

“The benefits they have given me – the running club and the football club – are enormous.

“It’s just nice to be able to give something back really.”

All runners who took part in the race were provided with a goodie bag upon crossing the finish line.

This included a medal, bottle of water, magazine and much more.