Thou­sands unite to show de­fi­ance

Macclesfield Express - - GREAT MANCHESTER RUN -

TO­GETH­ER­NESS, unity and strength. Those were the over­rid­ing emo­tions as 40,000 runners - in­clud­ing more than 600 from Mac­cles­field - took part in the Sim­ply­health Great Manch­ester Run.

Con­cerns that com­peti­tors might stay away from the event – which is in its 15th year – proved un­founded, with thou­sands more lin­ing the streets to cheer on loved ones, friends and com­plete strangers, de­fy­ing those that would try to divide.

All of this in the face of a pro­found sense of grief in the wake of last week’s ter­ror at­tack at the Arena.

It is al­ways an emo­tional event, with lost loved ones and good causes in the fore­front of peo­ple’s minds, but this year’s event felt ex­tra spe- cial. The event in­cluded a half marathon and 10k, with 485 Max­o­ni­ans en­ter­ing the 10k and an­other 141 tak­ing on the half marathon.

We’ve put to­gether a full list of the Mac­cles­field runners in our spe­cial ‘Race within a race’ fea­ture so you can see how you fared. Among the quick­est to cross the half marathon line were Tony Potts (01h25m38s), Pa­trick Walker (01h27m44s) and Andy Me­gar­rell (01h28m59s).

And Re­becca Bed­ford (01h39m55s)and Amanda Brad­bury (01h40m12s) were among the fastest women.

John Carr, who crossed the line in 36m05s, was among the fastest from the town to com­plete the 10k, along with Daniel Bun­dred (39m15s), Markus Dal­gaard (39m26s) and Ste­fan Bradley (39m29s). They were closely fol­lowed by Alice Goudie (46m17s) and An­nie Smeldy (46m28s).

Runners line up at the start of the Great Manch­ester Run

A woman wear­ing bee deely boppers takes a selfie at the fin­ish line

John Poli­tis, Elis­a­beth Ke­able and Ge­orge Poli­tis ran for Di­a­betes UK

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