On Sunday October 8th, Croxteth Hall & Country Park played host to the first ever Alder Hey 10k & Family Fun Run, where over 1,000 runners and spectators were welcomed.
UK Events & Sponsorship Manager at Sports Tours International, Kevin Harmer said: “This was our first ever event at Croxteth Hall & Country Park and we are delighted with the feedback from those who took part, with so many people from Merseyside and beyond coming together in support of Alder Hey Children’s Charity .”
The Alder Hey 10k route took runners on a course which showcased all of the Park’s most interesting spaces, such as the start location beside St Marys Church at West Derby Village, running through the Croxteth Hall Lane Underpass, past Croxteth Hall itself before taking on the forest sections and looping along two long straights, which collectively tested runners of all ability levels.
Cath Harding, Head of Community Fundraising at Alder Hey Children’s Charity said; “Alder Hey Children’s Charity would like to thank the hundreds of runners and their families who joined us for the Alder Hey 10K and Family Fun Run at Croxteth Park on Sunday. The event was a great success and will provide vital funds to support the 275,000 children and their families who visit Alder Hey Children’s Hospital every year. We look forward to meeting more inspirational runners in 2018.”
Dejene Gezimu representing Liverpool Harriers took the Men’s title, completing the 10k course in a blistering 32 minutes and 9 seconds, with fellow Liverpool Harrier James Riley taking second place in a time of 34 minutes and 32 seconds. Paul Sankey from Penny Lane Striders rounded off the top three in a time of 35 minutes flat.
In the Women’s race, Liverpool Pembroke Sefton AC’S Kirsty Longley ran a strong 10k coming home to take the win in a time of 37 minutes, 26 seconds. Hayley Whitley as second in 43 minutes 21 seconds with Swinton Running Club’s Rebecca Mills finishing third in 44 minutes and 32 seconds.
In the Club Trophy category, Mossley Hill AC took the men’s title and Penny Lane Striders were the champions in the Female section. Morgan Sindall was victorious in this year’s Business Trophy category.
The Family Fun Run brought the curtain down on a fantastic day of running, with many youngsters and families running hand in hand, the small loop of the Croxteth Hall to finish under the gantry with a ‘High 5’ from the Oli the Alder Hey mascot and receiving a special Fun Run medal.
Full results are available from www.tdleventservices.co.uk with more photos on the official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sportstoursinternational/