In addition to attracting a field that may well near the 12,000 mark, the upcoming Aldi Manchester Half Marathon will be contested by some of the fastest runners in the UK. Sunday’s race has a substantial British and Irish only prize fund, which offers the men and women’s champions £2,000, with £1,000 to the respective runners-up.
A sister event to the Greater Manchester Marathon and Oulton Park Half Marathon, the half starts and finishes at Emirates Old Trafford Lancashire County. Launched earlier this year by Xtra Mile Events, the race has been designed to be one of the fastest in the country with just 41m of elevation and a 2 mile+ finish straight.
This bodes well for some quick finishes and it looks likely there will be fierce competition at the top. In the men’s field, Sale Harrier Matt Bond, who competed at the World and European Half Marathon Championships in 2016, will be in contention. Bond will be up against Gateshead Harrier Matt Hynes, who clocked a 63:58 in Paris last year. Michael Kallenberg with a PB of 66:48 could also launch a challenge.
In the women’s competition, Lily Partridge looks to be the favourite: in 2015, the 25-year-old won the English and Inter Counties cross country titles and ran a 71:38 at last week’s Great Scottish Run. Oxford City’s Gemma Bridge, winner at the Derby and Caterham Half Marathons this year, may well represent Partridge’s bigges threat, while the evergreen Helen Clitheroe is also likely to be near the front of the field.
Race director Simon Hill commented: “We are pleased to welcome such a strong elite field to the first ever Aldi Manchester Half Marathon. The British-only prize fund and the time bonuses attract runners from near and far and we are looking forward to an exciting battle for the titles and some fast times.
“We would like to thank everyone who has signed up to the event so far and for the incredible support we have received in planning its autumn debut.”