Runners prepare for Mossley 10k
Tuesday 10th July 2018 @ 10:01 by Mark Phillip

Excitement is steadily building ahead of the Mossley 10k, which returns to the borough for a fifth consecutive year on Sunday.

Last year’s event attracted a record-breaking 374 runners, which included a good mix of club-class competitors, social runners and charity fundraisers, as well as spectators and volunteers who helped to marshal the course.

With Sunday’s event set to be bigger and better, potential runners are being urged to confirm their place before entries close at 5pm on Thursday.

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.

Despite the stunning scenery, the race is physically and mentally taxing and presents a challenge to the most serious of runners, including last year’s overall winner Paul Green, who claimed his third title in four years after crossing the finish line in 33.51. Trailing closely behind in second place was Sale Harriers’ Gareth Raven, who came second overall in this year’s Tour of Tameside, while Patrick Gardiner 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.

Ahead of the event, we spoke to Debbie Barras, who is competing in the event for a second successive year.

Debbie (top left) with the Hyde Village Striders Running Club

Debbie, from Stalybridge, said she can’t wait to test herself on a challenging but thoroughly rewarding course. “This will be the second time that I’ve run the course, so I know what it’s all about” she said.

“It’s a great local race and generates a really positive atmosphere. It’s quite tough, because it’s not a flat 10k, but it’s very picturesque which makes it enjoyable. I always prefer local races compared to the big ones in the city centre, and this event is very well organized.”

Having completed the whole Tour of Tameside for the first time in June, Debbie is hoping to use that experience and push herself to the limit.

She said: ‘The Tour was great and I enjoyed it. There was a group of us who ran together and we had lots of laughs and helped each other along the way. Because it was my first full tour I didn’t ‘race’ any of the events; i just ran easy as my intention was to have lots of fun and enjoy the final day.

“The Mossley 10k will be similar to the tour as it’s a local, inexpensive race with lots of support from the local clubs and residents.”

Although Debbie is hoping to beat last year’s time, she is under no illusion that it will be an easy task – especially with Tameside baking in sun! She said: “Depending on the weather, I’ll run to the conditions as it’s forecast to be hot & humid on Sunday. Last year I ran Mossley in 58:25 and my 10k race pb is 51:22, so it’s not a fast course for me!

“Let’s wait and see what happens. When running my aim is to always have fun and if I did, then thats a great run regardless of result on the clock.”

Entry has been priced at £16 for unaffiliated runners and £14 for UK Athletics affiliated members. All runners must b 15 years old, or over. To confirm your place, head to