Dr. Ron Hill, Steve Kenyon, Bashir Hussain and Jackie Newton have joined forces and have committed to taking on the four-leg relay at this year’s ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. The star-studded quartet will join 12,500 other runners on Sunday 19 April.
Hill, who won the Manchester Marathon in 1969 and 1971, has been actively supporting the race since it was brought back in 2012 after a decade’s absence. Hill will be joined by Steve Kenyon, who ran the fastest time at a Manchester Marathon in 1981 (2:11:54); Bashir Hussain, famous for having secured a hat trick of wins between 1996 and 1998; and Jackie Newton, who won the women’s race in 1998.
Athletics legend Ron Hill will also be starting the race alongside ASICS ambassador Mara Yamauchi before running the first leg of the team relay. Steve Kenyon will run the second leg, with Jackie Newton running the third leg and Bashir Hussain taking on the last and longest leg before crossing the finish line at Old Trafford.
Greater Manchester Marathon is known to offer the fastest and flattest 26.2 mile course in the UK with just 54m of elevation. Last year’s event saw winners Andi Jones and Emily Wicks set new course records in 2:16:59 and 2:38:26 respectively, with all four leading men finishing under 2:20.
As introduced in 2014, the race will offer a British-only prize fund again. The top ten British athletes will be eligible for cash prizes and the organisers have put up three time bonuses available to UK registered runners only, awarding £10,000 to the first male British athlete who finishes under 2:10 and the first female British athlete who finishes under 2:20.
Entries for the event are closed but charity places are still available. More information on which is available here.