Ron Hill and Mara Yamauchi are official starters of this year’s event
GB internationals Georgie Bruinvels and Steve Way are set to be among those racing on the streets of Manchester on Sunday (April 2) for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon.
Bruinvels returns looking to regain the title she won in 2015 when making her marathon debut, while ultra runner Way forms part of an elite men’s field also including Sale Harriers athlete Matt Bond and Stockport’s Pat Martin.
Bond was second in the Wilmslow Half Marathon earlier in the month in 66:31 and ran 2:15:32 in last year’s London Marathon, while Martin won this year’s Wrexham Half Marathon in 67:56.
Race weekend kicks off on Friday and Saturday at Manchester’s First Street, where the race pack collection point will be located and runners can soak up the pre-race atmosphere.
Dr Ron Hill and Mara Yamauchi will return as the official starters of the AIMS-accredited event, which offers a British and Irish-only prize fund.
Hill will also be doing an exclusive signing of his co-authored book Manchester Marathons 1908 – 2002 on Saturday, while ASICS ambassador Yamauchi will be doing a live Q&A from 13:00 in the ASICS area.
Sunday’s event gets underway at at 9:00 near the arch on White City Way, with the race route taking in the Trafford Quays area, Sale, Brooklands, Timperley, Altrincham, Urmston and Stretford.
Prizes will be awarded at 12:30 at the podium outside Trafford Town Hall. The ceremony will be for the first, second and third placed male and female athletes. In addition to a trophy, cash prizes will be awarded with £2,000 as first prize, £1,000 as second prize and £750 as third prize.
“With the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon drawing close, excitement is building and we are all set to deliver our biggest and best event yet,” said race director Simon Hill.
“The action will start on Friday evening and continue all the way through the weekend, and we’re looking forward to welcoming our runners and the thousands of spectators who provide outstanding support on the day.
“We would like to wish all runners the very best of luck with their race on Sunday.”