UK runners are being offered an impressive financial incentive to produce elite-level performances at the 2018 edition of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. A total of £20,000 has been made available, £10,000 for any UK male running under 2:10, and £10,000 for any female runner who breaks 2:26.
The event, scheduled for Sunday 8 April, is organised by Xtra Mile Events in partnership with Trafford Council. Throughout the years, it has offered attractive prizes and the fast course – thought to be the quickest in the UK – has proven conducive to PBs across the board.
The 2018 race will also see the introduction of an International Prize Fund, with prize money up for grabs for the first three male and female international runners to cross the line. These new awards are in addition to the £8,500 prize pot available to male and female British elite runners who finish in the top five places.
Nick Rusling, CEO of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon and Manchester Half Marathon, said: “We are delighted to introduce the £20,000 Challenge prize fund for super-fast elite runners that break these times."
“This, in addition to the new International prize, confirms our ambition to make the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon a truly inspirational part of the running calendar and Manchester fitness scene. We are proud of our reputation for being the UK’s flattest, fastest and friendliest marathon and these prizes demonstrate our commitment to raising the bar for those who join us in April.”