The organising team at Greater Manchester Marathon has officially opened the 2015 event with the assertion that 'we are on track to become the UK’s number 2 marathon'. Competition is fierce for that title with both the big spring events in Brighton and Edinburgh making similar claims.
Race director Simon Hill launched the 2015 event in front of a high profile audience including Mara Yamauchi, Ron Hill, key figures from Trafford Council, official sponsors and partners and representatives of the official charities. The date for the the third running of the restored Manchester race - the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon - is confirmed as Sunday 19 April.
An increased number of places are available for next year's race - 12,500 - in total. There is also a British-only prize fund on offer and three time bonuses available to UK registered runners only, The attractive prize fund is certain to attract a top quality British field. In 2014 the first four men all broke the 2:20 mark, and seven out of the top twenty UK marathon times this year were run in Manchester. Andi Jones and Emily Wicks claimed the 2014 winning titles in 2:16:59 and 2:38:26, both setting new course records.
The event incorporates team relays, giving runners who don’t want to cover the full marathon distance the opportunity to take part in either either the 2 Leg Half or the 4 Leg Team Relay. The MLP Solicitors Corporate Entry is a new addition to next year's race. Cancer Research UK, The Christie and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital were announced as the official charities for 2015.
Early bird places are available until 1 September and cost £43 for affiliated runners, and £45 for unaffiliated runners and wheelchair entries. More than 200 runners signed up for the race at the launch event.
A team from headline sponsor ASICS was supporting the launch by offering a one stop experience for runners on the day with advice on running styles, product testing via gait analysis and the unique opportunity to get coaching tips from Ron Hill and ASICS ambassador Mara Yamauchi.
Each year the race awards a cheque for £500 to the ‘Best entertainment en route’ and the ‘Best supporting community’ as voted by the runners. The Rock Choir Timperley secured the top spot as the ‘Best entertainment en route’ at the 2014 race and was presented with their £500 cheque at the launch. The award for ‘Best supporting community’ went to Altrincham.
You can register for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon 2015 now - for details go to the event website.
Keep up to date with the latest event news on social media on Facebook and Twitter (@Marathon_Mcr #RUNASICSMCR)