Sun comes out for the Wilmslow Running Festival

One of the most highly rated races in the UK, first staged in 1984, the Wilmslow Half Marathon is always attracts large numbers and this year was no exception as it was a sell out with 4300 entries.

Along with the headline act, the Festival featured the Asics 10k race along with a fun run and corporate challenge.

In perfect weather, the runners set off on their journey along the Cheshire lanes to Mobberley and back, cheered on by supporters who lined the route.

A handful of runners compete to win the the Asics Half Marathon whilst other race for personal bests and some just to get round. Many run for charity and this year four Charities were involved: The Seashell Trust, The Joshua Tree Foundation, The Mustard Tree, and Ronald McDonald House.

In the 10k, the first male home was Rob Weston in 33.22, with Jade Morgan finishing first lady in 36.53.

Turning to the Half Marathon, GB International Jonny Mellor ran a personal best to win a closely fought race in 62.06...the fastest time on the course in 18 years. Jonny pulled away from Kenyan Dennis Kipkemboi in the second half of the race who finished second in 63.15.

Two further internationals battled it out in the Ladies race, with Lauren McNeil winning in 72.00, followed home by Gemma Steel in 72.36.

Full race results, and pictures can be found here

If you would like to run in 2024 then the date is Sunday March 24th, and entries are already open.

With a sell out this year, don't delay.

Photos: Race start, First three in the men's race with winner Jonny Mellor centre and Ladies Winner Lauren McNeil.

Wilmslow Half Marathon, Wilmslow Running Festival