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The 2017 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon is to take place on Sunday April 2.
Described by organisers as the UK’s flattest, fastest and friendliest marathon, the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon attracts athletes of all abilities, from first time marathoners and charity fundraisers to club runners and elite athletes seeking a PB or qualifying time.
It is known for being a day of sporting greatness and lively festivities, with superb crowd support and first-class entertainment making it a day to remember for runners and spectators alike.
The 2017 event will be the 41st edition and will take place on a slightly amended course which will be measured to IAAF standards. Runners will set off from the Trafford Arch on the A56 next April and finish outside Emirates Old Trafford.
Dr Ron Hill has pledged his support again and continues to be an ambassador for this iconic marathon is his home town.
The 2-leg and 4-leg relays will again take place in 2017.
Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK and Save the Children have been confirmed as the Official National Charity Partners for 2017, while the Christie charity and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity are the Official Local Charity Partners.
Entries are open now. Entry fees start at £45 and these will increase gradually from July onwards and as the race sells out.
There will be a £12,000 prize fund plus time bonuses for British and Irish registered athletes, full details here.