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MediaCityUK plays host to thousands of runners at the UKFast City of Salford 10K

Thousands of runners from across the North West descended on MediaCityUK and Salford Quays on Sunday 4th September to take part in this year’s UKFast City of Salford 10K.

The race welcomed around 4000 entries from runners who enjoyed one of the fastest 10k courses in the region taking in the scenic route around Salford Quays and MediaCityUK.

Kevin Harmer, UK Events and Sponsorship Manager for the event owner Sports Tours International commented: “Over the past few years the race has continued to grow to become one of most popular races in the region, and on Sunday it was great to see such a fantastic turn out of runners and supporters.

“It was a brilliant atmosphere in Salford, the weather stayed dry and it was great to see so many runners raising money for lots of good causes. People of all ages and abilities took part and we would like to thank everyone for making the effort.”

The race started at 10.15am on the MediaCityUK piazza and followed a route around Salford Quays and Trafford Park before crossing the bridge back into MediaCityUK to the finish line.

Manchester-based cloud provider UKFast was welcomed as the official title sponsor for this year’s race and entered a team of runners to take part in the event.

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones MBE said: “It’s fantastic see so many people taking the initiative and getting up and running in Salford. It was an incredible day and it’s inspiring that runners of all ages and abilities come together to enjoy it. We’re on our way to making this one of the outstanding dates in the running calendar.”

Many runners were raising money for The Christie, this year’s official charity partner, as well as their own chosen charities.

Runners included marathon legend Ron Hill MBE, a team of over 60 runners from Salford City Council and former England rugby league player Adrian Morley.

First to cross the finish line was Mohammed Aburezeq from Altrincham and District AC in an incredible 30 minutes and three seconds. Matt Bond from Salford Harriers came a close second place finishing in 30 minutes and five seconds, followed by Michael Cayton from Horwich RMI Harriers in 31 minutes and 20 seconds.

In the women’s category, Jacqueline Fairchild from Trafford Athletics Club finished in 35 minutes and 11 seconds. In second place was Georgia Malir from Leeds City AC who finished in 35 minutes and 26 seconds, followed by Rachael Burns from Liverpool Harriers in 36 minutes and 23 seconds.

Race partners included Virgin Atlantic Airways, Sixt rent a car, Nature Valley, Therapy First, Salford City Council and The Peel Group.

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