Great Manchester 10k 2017:
Local man Stephen Scullion (Aldershot, Farnham & District AC) looked back to his best as he and Northern Ireland 10,000m and 5,000m record holder Emma Mitchell (QUB AC) impressed with strong performances at the Great Manchester 10k this weekend (Sunday 28th May 2017).
Stephen, who narrowly missed Ireland’s IAAF World Championships marathon standard when running 2:17:59 at the Virgin Money London Marathon last month, clocked an excellent 29:25 to secure 7th place in a competitive field.
He took to social media to talk about the event, saying “Manchester crowd & city were brilliant”, and added (in relation to his performance) “it’s getting better. Portland track 10km next.”
Stephen returned to competitive running to train for the London Marathon after some time away from the sport. Luckily for the local scene, he now appears to be returning to the form that saw him represent both Northern Ireland and Ireland on numerous occasions.
Meanwhile, Emma continued her excellent recent form to claim 6th place in the elite ladies field, crossing the line in 34:31.
American athlete Dathan Ritzenhein won the men’s race in 28:06 (1st place), while Ethiopian star Tirunesh Dibaba led the ladies home in 31:03 (1st place).
A number of other athletes from Northern Ireland travelled to the event, which attracted in excess of 35,000 competitors. This included Lagan Valley AC’s Eric Montgomery who won the Vet60 category with a finish time of 40:29.
Full results are available on the official race website HERE.