Sunday 2 April has been confirmed as the official date of the 2017 edition of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, with entries now open for the race. The announcement will likely result in a flurry of registrations (early bird price has been set at £40) with the event regarded as one of the top UK marathons.
2016 saw the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon celebrate its 40th year in style with over 9,500 runners congregating at the new start point at Trafford Arch. The race, one of the fastest on the circuit, saw Steven Bayton of Hallamshire Harriers come home first in 2:22:34, with Stockport Harrier Kelly Crickmore first in the female competition (2:48:04).
Competitors in 2017 can expect a slightly modified route that will be measured to international IAAF standards. On next year’s event, Race drector Simon Hill commented: “We are delighted to launch the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon 2017. This will be the 41st edition of a race with an immense history, and one which is loved the world over for being fast and friendly.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to assure runners that the issues with baggage at the 2016 marathon have been fully addressed. We have taken full responsibility for the correction of the system for 2017 and beyond, and we are looking forward to delivering our biggest and most successful race next April.”
To register, visit the event website.