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29 Mar

Manchester Set For Mega Marathon Weekend

Thousands of spectators expected for Sunday's race

After 2016 saw the Greater Manchester Marathon celebrate its 40th year in style with over 9,500 runners congregating at the new start point at Trafford Arch, expectation is high for this year’s event with the final preparations being put in place. Sunday’s (2 April) field can expect another fitting send off with Dr Ron Hill and Mara Yamauchi both confirmed as official starters of the race. 

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28 Mar

Africans Dominate World Cross In Uganda

Louise Small at World Cross

The first International Cross Country was held in 1903 as a competition between the four home nations of the UK before expanding to include European teams; the first African team to compete was Tunisia in 1958. A junior men's race was added from 1961 and more controversially at the time, women were included in 1967. The event became the IAAF World Championships in 1973 and the latest was held at Kampala, Uganda on Sunday (26 March).

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27 Mar

Stage Set For Liverpool Half

Stephen Symons

More than 5,000 runners will come together at Pier Head on Sunday 2 April for what is one of the North West’s premier road races, the Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon. The flagship event from organiser BTR Liverpool, the half, which has a number of places available, boasts a grandstand start and finish line area on the city’s stunning UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront. 

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27 Mar

In The Pink With Derby Ramathon Pacers

Team Of Pacers From Shelton Striders At The Derby Ramathon

Pacers from Shelton Striders will help runners achieve their PB’s at the Derby Ramathon. An intrepid team of 18 of experienced runners, will don bright pink T-shirtsand cater for all finishing times from 1:40 to 2:20. Acting as a motivating force for those looking to finish as well as runners with a target time, they will be a welcome sight at this year’s race.

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24 Mar

Farewell To Super Vet Ed Whitlock

Ed Whitlock WR M85 marathon

The distance running fraternity is mourning the passing of the greatest ever veteran marathon runner. Just five months after setting a world age-85 best (3:56:38) at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October, Ed Whitlock succumbed to prostate cancer on 13 March at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. Whitlock was born in London on March 6, 1931 and was a member of Ranelagh Harriers from 1948. 

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23 Mar

Waters Wilmslow Flows Forwards Into 2017

Abu-Rezeq at the finish line

The combined appeal of the Waters Wilmslow Half Marathon’s status as one of the North West’s premier events and its reputation as a key charity fundraiser saw another massive turnout on Sunday (19 March). Over 3,000 competitors took part in what was to be an eventful day with a thrilling finish at the front and a Guinness World Record being set for the fastest half marathon run backwards. 

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