Popular Manch­ester 10k is on track to be Greater than ever

Salford Advertiser - - NEWS - Andy Buck­ley

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.

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