Runners flock to Mossley for annual 10k
Monday 16th July 2018 @ 15:53 by Mark Phillip

267 runners took to the streets of Mossley on Sunday for the annual 10k.

In its fifth consecutive year, the event was blessed with beautiful sunny weather and attracted a good mix of club-class competitors, social runners and charity fundraisers, while an army of volunteers also carried out numerous roles before, during and after the event.

Mossley Running club, which won Club of the Year at the 2017 Pride of Tameside Sports Awards, had 76 members take part on Sunday, while the Hyde Village Striders were also out in force with 11 runners, and the Greenfield Greyhounds had six representatives.

However, it was American-born Evan Holland who crossed the finish line first in 34.12, while Michael Mannings, who represents Oldham and Royton Harriers, came second in 35.13, and Royton Road Runner Rob James placed third after finishing in 36.05.

Meanwhile, Hyde Village Striders’ Vicky Wright retained her crown as the female winner after crossing the line in 39.03. She was trailed by Salford Harriers’ Kate Knox and East Cheshire Harriers’ Hayley Simpson, who finished second and third respectively in the female division.

Following the race, social media was inundated with messages of thanks and support. Dominic Edwards said: “Mossley 10k is always a great morning out, and with a few tweaks this year it was made even better.

“Well organised as always, with fantastic support from tons of marshals all around the course.

“The staggered start and moving of the water station to the main road improved what was an already fantastic race.”

Pictures: Matthew Lofthouse  (@MLofthousePJ)