The Great Manchester Run took place last weekend. Five years on from the Manchester Arena bombing made for an emotional occasion, but as always the City came together as one. ECH athletes were ever present in all disciplines.
The Junior races took place on Saturday 21st May which saw three ECH athletes taking part. Zachary Jones ran magnificently to finish 13th in 9.44 closely followed by Georgia Fielding in 15th place with 10.39 and Noah Davidson finished 43rd with 11.14.
On Sunday 22nd May the Half Marathon and 10k took place. The Half Marathon started nice and early at 8.30am and two new ECH athletes put in great performances. Jacob Eastwood finished strong with a time of 1.27.57 in 189th position and Tim O’Donnell finished in 313th place in 1.32.25.
Later that day the 10k took place in several different coloured waves with 20,000 runners taking part. However, first to go off were the senior women’s elite race which saw Emilia Platt have a storming run to come home with a new PB of 36.50 finishing a brilliant 18th place. Emilia is a junior so the future is very bright indeed! Teammate Aliesha Smith went off in the fast paced club runners wave who is also still a junior and had an amazing run to smash her PB with 40.17.
First home for ECH in the masses was Gavin Browne with a solid 33.14 in 62nd Place with older brother Liam coming home next in 34.42 finishing 88th overall. Other excellent performances came from Darren Smith (37.01), Michael Obi (37.39), Allan Cooke (38.11), James Hartshorne (40.36), Harry Hind (41.03), Sam Mabbott (41.42), Andy Sykes (42.03), Tom Bentley (43.02) and Leonie Wright (44.00). A special mention to Callum Parkinson who took pacing duties and did a great job of getting many runners home under the 45 minute mark.
Fantastic results, well done to all.
photo inset – Seniors Liam Browne, Gavin Browne and Allan Cooke (left to right) posing with their medals & t-shirts.