Thou­sands to hit streets for big race’s mile­stone

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

ON Sun­day 28 May, around 30,000 peo­ple will take on the Sim­ply­health Great Manch­ester Run half marathon, 10k and Ju­nior run­ning events – which will now all take place on the same day.

You can feel the adren­a­line in the air as you stand on the start line with thou­sands of peo­ple around you.

A buzzing at­mos­phere, cou­pled with Manch­ester an­thems blast­ing from the speak­ers along Port­land Street, is some­thing you should ex­pe­ri­ence at least once in your life­time.

The event is en­ter­tain­ing from start to fin­ish, with bands on the run play­ing ev­ery­thing from The Bea­tles to Ri­hanna to jazz and drums.

Be pre­pared for them to give you a shout out as you run past and they might even run along­side you.

DJ and In­spi­ral Car­pets leg­end Clint Boon cites the Sim­ply­health Great Manch­ester Run as be­ing his favourite gig.

He’ll be host­ing the Boon Army stage near the half­way point, play­ing Manch­ester an­thems.

The half marathon has now sold out.

But any­one lucky enough to have a place will run along Man­cu­nian Way.

For one day only this in­fa­mous mo­tor­way will be grid­locked with run­ners in­stead of cars.

Look out for Jeff Hord­ley, Cain Din­gle in Em­merdale, DJing out­side his beloved Eti­had Sta­dium along the 13.1 miles route.

At the heart of the event are the run­ners, not just the Olympic and World cham­pi­ons lead­ing the field, but the thou­sands of peo­ple run­ning for causes that are close to their heart, rais­ing mil­lions of pounds for char­i­ties across the world.

The charity vil­lage will be open all day in Al­bert Square and there will be a to­tal of five char­i­ties cheer­ing you on along the route.

This year the Sim­ply­health Great Manch­ester Run 10k is cel­e­brat­ing its 15th an­niver­sary and you can take your place on the start line to bat­tle for lo­cal brag­ging rights in our Race within a Race.

Run­ners liv­ing in the Mac­cles­field Ex­press catch­ment area will have their re­sults printed in the newspaper fol­low­ing the event, with a tro­phy for our first lo­cal male and fe­male fin­isher.

En­tries are still open for the 10k, Ju­nior and Mini event – en­ter at greatrun.org/Manch­ester

The start of the men’s race at last year’s Great Manch­ester Run

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