BUPA GREAT MANCHESTER RUN ENTRY LIMIT REACHED IN TWO WEEKS
Britain's premier 10k running event, the BUPA Great Manchester Run, has
reached its entry ceiling of 25,000 entries just two weeks after opening for
The BBC televised event has established itself as one of the leading 10k
races in the world. Last year Haile Gebrselassie broke the UK All-Comers
record in Manchester with a time of 00:27:25.
Charlie Mussett, Race Director for the event, said: "The demand for entries
has been amazing this year." But whilst delighted at the surge in interest,
race organisers Nova International are not that surprised.
"The event has shifted in scale from 10,000 runners in 2003 to our limit of
25,000 this year. It's had to grow to meet the huge demand for places from
not only Manchester and the North West but across the whole of the UK. We
set this year's limit after discussions with the Council, Police and
Emergency Services and are bringing in some new developments to our wave
start system to ensure runners get the best possible experience out on
course. If the systems in place at this year's event work well then there is
scope to grow the event even further in future years, but we have to ensure
that we create a safe and enjoyable environment on race day."