Popular Manchester 10k is on track to be Greater than ever
DEMAND for places in the 10k spectacular is once again high with up to 40,000 runners expected to take part on Sunday, May 10.
The Morrisons Great Manchester Run – now in its 13th year – is one of the biggest days in the city’s sporting calendar with entries from 27 countries so far.
It was first held in 2003 as a legacy from the Commonwealth Games staged in the city 12 months earlier and creates a carnival atmosphere showcasing Manchester’s reputation as a world class sporting city.
David Hart, communications director at The Great Run Company, said: “We’ve had another terrific response from the public with a high volume of entries.
“It should be another fabulous occasion with runners raising millions of pounds for charity and thousands of spectators lining the route.
“We know from past years that a lot of people leave entries until the last minute but we’d urge them to go online and secure their place now.
“Everyone who takes part says it’s an amazing experience with the whole of Manchester getting behind the event.”
The run, shown live on BBC TV, will start an hour later this year with the first wave of mass runners setting off from Portland Street at 11.30am, the revised timetable allowing more time. The flat route goes past Old Trafford, The Lowry and the Imperial War Museum with the finish line near Beetham Tower on Deansgate.
Runners and the crowds will notice more music with extra bands and DJs providing entertainment along the course which has an extra drinks station at 7km and a run-through shower.
Super mum Jo Pavey is going for a hat-trick of Manchester titles less than a year after winning Commonwealth and European gold medals as a 40-year-old mum-of-two – a feat which earned her third place in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.
Speed will not be the motivation for celebs such as musicians Peter Hook and Clint Boon, actresses Tricia Penrose and Denise Welch, and ex-footballers Phil Neville and Kevin Kilbane. Ex-Corrie star Denise, who is raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust with husband Lincoln Townley, said: “I haven’t got a competitive bone in my body when it comes to running and the slower I go the more people I get chance to speak to – that’s my excuse.”
The glittering weekend starts the day before when Britain’s Olympic champion Jessica EnnisHill competes in the Great CityGames on a specially-built track on Deansgate – alongside GB’s rising heptathlon star Katarina JohnsonThompson.
The Morrisons Junior and Mini Great Manchester Runs are also held in Heaton Park on the Saturday.
To enter the Morrisons Great Manchester Run on Sunday, May 10, go to greatrun.org/Manchester.