Kenyan sets course record in ASICS-sponsored event, while Dani Nimmock wins women’s race on busy day of road racing across Europe

Shadrack Tanui led more than 10,000 runners home on a cool, spring day in Manchester in 2:21:17.

The 31-year-old from Kenya smashed the course record of 2:22:34..

Ben Johnson also took to the podium on the steps of Trafford Town Hall as he finished runner-up in 2:25:03, while Mark Ryan came a close third place in 2:25:39.

Dani Nimmock of the City of Norwich AC (below) smashed her PB to take the women’s race in in 2:38:24.

Runner-up was Katie White in 2:41:15 while Julie Briscoe was third in 2:41:35.

Dani Nimmock

Shona Crombie-Hicks, a former Commonwealth Games marathoner and winner of the London Marathon 1000-mile challenge in 2003, finished in 2:57:49. Now racing as a M45 athlete, it was just 15 minutes slower than she ran when she won the Manchester Marathon 18 years ago.

On a busy day of road racing across Europe, Betsy Saina and Paul Lonyangata of Kenya won the Paris Marathon in 2:22:55 and 2:06:25, while Kenneth Kipkemoi of Kenya took Rotterdam Marathon victory in 2:05:44 and Erick Kiptanui of Kenya ran a fast half-marathon of 58:42 in Berlin.