Celebs join crowds for 15th Great Run

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

THERE is less than a month to go un­til the Sim­ply­health Great Manch­ester Run – and an­tic­i­pa­tion is build­ing.

The run, which has grown to be Europe’s big­gest 10k run­ning event, now also boasts a half­marathon as it cel­e­brates its 15th an­niver­sary on Sun­day, May 28.

The Mac­cles­field Ex­press is de­lighted to have teamed up with event or­gan­is­ers The Great Run Com­pany to cre­ate a Race Within A Race for en­trants liv­ing in our news­pa­per catch­ment area.

Our first lo­cal male and fe­male fin­isher will re­ceive a prize, and a full set of our lo­cal run­ners’ re­sults will be printed in the pa­per fol­low­ing the event.

As well as the run­ners in our area, this year will also see a host of fa­mous faces lac­ing up their train­ers and rais­ing money for causes close to their hearts.

Coronation Street stars Tina O’Brien and Ch­erylee Hous­ton will both take on the 10k, with Tina rais­ing money for the Royal Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

Ch­erylee, who plays Izzy in the soap, com­pleted last year’s Great Manch­ester Run in a high­tech wheel­chair and will re­turn for 2017, once more rais­ing money for her own group Triple C – Cre­ative Con­fi­dence Col­lec­tive, whose aim is to make theatre ac­ces­si­ble for all.

Emmerdale’s Jeff Hord­ley, who plays Cain Dingle, has taken part in sev­eral Great Manch­ester Runs, but this year he will be DJing out­side the Eti­had Sta­dium, home to his beloved Manch­ester City, which forms part of the brand-new half marathon course. He is then plan­ning to run in the 10k which takes place shortly af­ter­wards.

Joe Gill, who plays Finn Bar­ton in Emmerdale, will re­turn to the start line for the 10k run to raise money for the Royal Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

Manch­ester United and Eng­land leg­end, Bryan Rob­son, took part in the first-ever Great Manches- ter Run back in 2003, and he will be back again for its 15th an­niver­sary, rais­ing money for The Kirsty Club in hon­our of Kirsty Howard, who died at the age of 20.

Mark Chap­man, Match of the Day 2 and BBC Ra­dio 5 Live pre­sen­ter, will be pulling on his run­ning shoes once again af­ter tak­ing on the Lon­don Marathon. The Sal­ford­based pre­sen­ter will be rais­ing money for The Christie af­ter his wife un­der­went treat­ment for can­cer there.

For­mer world cham­pion feath­er­weight boxer, An­thony Crolla, will also be tak­ing part with a team of pro­fes­sional fight­ers in­clud­ing Scott Quigg, the Smith broth­ers, Hosea Bur­ton and Mar­cus Mor­ri­son.

Love Is­land con­tes­tant Kady McDer­mott has also signed up for the 10k and will be rais­ing money for Brain Tu­mour Re­search.

A for­mer honorary starter of the Great Manch­ester Run, Loose Women’s Denise Welch is a long-time sup­porter of the event, dat­ing back to when she starred in Coronation Street. The pre­sen­ter and ac­tress will com­plete the run along­side part­ner Lin­coln Town­ley.

For­mer New Or­der and Joy Divi­sion bassist Peter Hook started run­ning af­ter re­cov­er­ing from al­co­hol ad­dic­tion, and has gone on to run in 11 Great Manch­ester Runs. This year he will be rais­ing money for The Christie.

En­tries are open for the Sim­ply­health Great Manch­ester Run 10k, to en­ter visit greatrun.org/ manch­ester

The Great Manch­ester run cel­e­brates its 15th an­niver­sary this year

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