Marathon run­ners smash through the pain bar­rier

Glossop Advertiser - - Front Page - Si­mon Binns

ELA­TION and ex­haus­tion were etched on the faces of run­ners as they crossed the fin­ish line of the Asics Greater Manch­ester Marathon.

Whether in it to win it, smash their Per­sonal Best time or raise money for charity, all 13,500 run­ners could feel justly proud as they com­pleted the feat of en­durance. Among them there were plenty of in­spir­ing sto­ries, in­clud­ing para­plegic ath­lete Claire Lo­mas, who will com­plete the chal­lenge over a num­ber of days wear­ing a bionic suit.

Our sis­ter paper, the M.E.N. also en­tered its own team of run­ners as part of our We Stand To­gether cam­paign, which aims to pro­mote peace and tol­er­ance across Greater Manch­ester. It in­cluded re­porters Re­becca Day and Char­lotte Dob­son, who were rais­ing money for home­less­ness charity The Booth Cen­tre. The pair eventu- ally fin­ished in a time of four hours and 55 min­utes, above far right.

The route – the flat­test and fastest in the UK – took run­ners past land­marks in­clud­ing Old Traf­ford be­fore mak­ing its way through Stret­ford, Sale, Al­trin­cham and Urm­ston.

There was a party spirit in Al­trin­cham with street bands busk­ing and a 90s dance group.

Kenyan ath­lete Shadrack Tanui won the race in a course record time of 2:21:17, while Great Bri­tain’s Danni Nim­mock was the first fe­male fin­isher with a time of 2:38:24. Stu­art Bloor won the wheel­chair race, cross­ing the fin­ish line in 2hrs 26m.

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