The date for the 2018 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run has been confirmed as Sunday 20 May, with entries for the event now open. This year’s event, saw the city display a unified response to the horrific terrorist attack, with tens of thousands of competitors setting off beneath the banner of #RunForManchester while runners and spectators both wore yellow ribbons as a symbol of solidarity and support.
Organised initially as a legacy event following the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the Great Manchester Run has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence and now stands as Europe’s largest 10k road race with an average of 25,000 runners competing annually.
May saw the addition of a half marathon option, which, after a highly successful first staging, will be returning in 2018. Both races start on Portland Street, the half marathon plots a course to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, before heading west to Manchester United's Old Trafford, where it picks up the 10K route back into the city centre, finishing on Deansgate alongside the iconic Beetham Tower.
Brendan Foster, chairman of event organisers The Great Run Company, said: "This year's Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run was an emotional and poignant event for all involved. It showed the resolve and solidarity of this magnificent city.
Foster continued: “Without the full support of Manchester City Council, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, the Greater Manchester Police, the emergency services and especially the people of Manchester, we would not have been able to stage the event. We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2018."
Registration for the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run is available here.