Those at the top of the tree at next month’s ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon will take home exclusive handmade trophies to celebrate their win. The trophies are part of the event’s milestone celebrations, with the marathon set to enjoy its 40th anniversary on Sunday 10 April.
The anniversary is an exciting milestone for ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, which was brought back in 2012 after a decade’s absence by current organisers Xtra Mile Events. Since then, the race has been voted the UK’s best marathon for the last two years at The Running Awards, cementing its reputation as the nation’s flattest, fastest and friendliest marathon. A sell-out field of 15,000 runners are expected to take part in April’s event.
The celebration trophies for the 40th Manchester Marathon will be made by Matthew Wilcock, the winner of BBC TV’s The Great Pottery Throw Down 2015. A highly skilled potter and teacher from North Yorkshire, Matthew will be crafting a unique set of trophies that will set this year’s marathon apart from the rest.
Race director Simon Hill commented: “This year marks an important milestone in the history of the Manchester Marathon and we are honoured to have Matthew Wilcock handmake our winners’ trophies. We pride ourselves on providing a unique marathon experience, and these specially commissioned trophies are a fitting celebration of the race's 40th anniversary. We would like to thank Matthew for helping to make the 2016 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon a truly memorable event. “
As part of the long-term expansion of the event, organisers recently announced that their race village will move from Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium to the Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club for 2016. This will allow for improved access for runners and supporters, while the start line has been doubled in width to eight metres.