Runners will descend upon Manchester's Etihad Complex on Sunday 7 July for a 9.30am start on the track at one of the North of England's top 10Ks.
The midsummer race is the UKFast City of Manchester 10K and the start and finish at the Regional Athletics Track – scene of the 2002 Commonwealth Games' most memorable moments – is one of the event's main attractions.
UKFast City of Manchester 10K is known as the 'People's Race' and once again organisers are promising a great day out with a fast, flat course for the feature race and an extensive athlete's village. There is also running fun for children under 8 at the Toddler Trot. So a top race and unique family occasion rolled into one.
The winner of last year's ladies' race Kirsty Longley comes back year after year to enjoy the vibe and to run fast times. Last year she was pleased with her performance: "Had to work hard in the heat over the last 2k but pleased to run a personal course PB by 90 seconds."
City of Manchester 10K is popular with club runners like Kirsty but three-quarters taking part are everyday recreational runners enjoying the big race atmosphere and a focus for their training. They also like that this 10K provides amazing value for money (current prices are £18 standard and £16 for club runners - these rise by £5 at midnight on 30 April). Entry covers chip timing, technical T-shirt, top quality medal and post-race entertainment.
This 10K has its heart in the city and from 2019 the race will be staged under the banner of the Running Bee Foundation. This will see all profits invested back into local communities. The newly formed foundation aims to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents and to help tackle the challenge of childhood obesity.
It's simply an all-round feel good factor that really comes to the fore on race day. Plans for this year's athletes' village include an appearance by Manchester Giants basketball team, post-race massage from Therapy First, giveaways from event partners UKFast and Club La Santa and an Up & Running pop-up shop, offering gait analysis and Garmin advice.
Steve Savage at Up & Running Manchester told runABC North: "This is one of our team's favourite summer races and we'll be coordinating the Pacing team on the day. There's always a great buzz as runners claim their medals after all their hard work. We see lots of City of Manchester 10K entrants at our Deansgate store in the run up to the race and are always happy to advise them about training and kit."
Steve continued: "Race entrants can also get a 15% store discount and we'll have some great deals on the weekend of 6/7 July and at the athletes' village. We also have our Social Run Group from the store on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6.45) and welcome City of Manchester 10K entrants (and, indeed, all local runners) to join us."
SIGN UP TODAY FOR THIS TOP MANCHESTER 10K AT THE EVENT WEBSITE.