Awesome double at Arley Hall – the “Third Time Lucky” Cheshire 10k

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The mass participation running events may be on hold, but there have still been a handful of races on offer at Covid-19 secure venues in time trial format and one such race was the twice postponed Cheshire 10k. A flat, fast course, it staged a dramatic race where the winner clocked a staggering 29:24, but several St Helens Tri members still had a story to tell. Chris Hayes has often credited his half Ironman in Marrakech nearly 12 months ago as the race which truly gave him the confidence to attack shorter distances, and he was in his element here, recording a new best time of 42:46, but arguably a bigger story was developing a few (metaphorical) metres behind him. David Mellor has a long history of sprint performance from his years playing rugby union, and in the true spirit of the Exeter Chiefs he delivered a champions’ performance; having never broken the 45 minute mark prior to today, he clocked a brilliant 42:53, a fitting reward for a member who has bought into the all round development methods encouraged by the club coaching team. Alan Mckeegan and Rob Preston were next up, the pair separated by just 18 seconds at the line, while Azzam Taktak has enjoyed a late season surge and it continued at Arley Hall, setting a 51:21. Diane Taktak rounded off the weekend as she had an enjoyable run to a time of 1:00:39 placing in the top 25 of her category.

So another dramatic weekend of sport in which two rugby finals and the Merseyside Derby were followed by another fruitful day of racing on the Sunday morning. The upcoming weeks are fairly sparse apart from the Halloween spooky run on October 31st at Gale Brook in Northwich, but November is an interesting month with the Ulverston and Castle Combe duathlons a fortnight apart, and the Oulton Park Running Grand Prix is still scheduled for December 6th to kick the festive season off with a bang.

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