The organisers of the Greater Manchester marathon, which was back this year for the first time after a decade, have announced that entries for the 2013 race are now open. Coupled with this, there is also news of a modified route for next year's competition.
Due to take place on Sunday, 28 April, runners for the 2013 event will begin at the A56 White City Roundabout in Old Trafford, just a short walk from Manchester United Football Club, and will finish outside the stadium.
Based on feedback from the runners in 2012 additional changes have been made to the route. A new improved route has been implemented for 2013 in conjunction with the police and Trafford Council, taking in the Trafford Quays area, Sale, Brooklands, Timperley, Altrincham and Urmston. With only 55m of elevation gain, organisers are promising a fast, flat route for potential participants.
Athletics legend Ron Hill MBE has pledged his support for the marathon in his hometown and will once again be starting the race on 28 April and will take part in the opening 8 miles. Race director Simon Hill commented: "We have listened to and analysed the feedback received from 2012 and have made some significant changes, ensuring that everyone will have the best possible race experience in 2013. A huge thank you to everyone who is supporting the Greater Manchester marathon, don't delay signing up!"
Entry for the race is limited to 10,000 runners and registration is now open. Early bird prices are available until 31 July and cost £43 for affiliated runners and £45 for non-affiliated. Visit the event website for more details.