Places for this year's Greater Manchester Marathon are expected to sell out in the next few days (entries close on 31 March), with organisers announcing that almost all of the 10,000 entries have been filled. Scheduled for Sunday 28 April, the event has received considerable interest after its classification as the fastest marathon in the UK.
With its flat marathon billing - there is just 55m of elevation gain - the race is seen as an event to hit a spring PB. A number of elite runners, including Andi Jones, last year's winner Dave Norman, plus female competitors Sarah Harris and Emma D'Alton have confirmed their participation.
Athletics legend Ron Hill MBE and Steve Kenyon, the quickest ever finisher of a Manchester marathon, will be starting the race on 28 April. Ron Hill will then join the running crowds for the initial 8 miles, actively showing support for the marathon in his home town.
The marathon starts on the A56 White City Roundabout in Old Trafford, just a short walk from Manchester United Football Club, and finishes outside the stadium where the race village and charity zone are also located.
This year's event will see the introduction of the Relay Team Challenge - made up of teams of 4, the relay is viewed as a great opportunity for colleagues, club mates, family members or friends to take on the marathon together without having to cover the full 26.2 miles solely by yourself.
Entries for the race will close on 31 March, or earlier if the capacity is reached. More information is available at the event website.