The draw of having what is regarded as the fastest and flattest course in the UK has had the desired affect for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon as a record number of runners took part on Sunday (19 April). 8053 completed the event—the highest turnout in the event's history.
Official starters Dr Ron Hill and Mara Yamauchi set the field on their way at 9am with Paul Martelletti setting a quick early pace. Run Fast’s Martelletti, in impressive form throughout the year, maintained his lead and secured victory in 2:17:46, nearly one minute ahead of runner-up Eoin Callaghan, with Michael Kallenberg secured third place in a time of 2:19:00. Each of the top four men dipped under 2:20.
In what was her debut marathon event, Georgie Bruinvels gave an outstanding performance to claim the woman’s title. Bruinvels, who has a half marathon PB of 1:14:27, set a winning time of 2:37:21, more than a minute quicker than the previous course record - held by club mate Emily Wicks. Belgrave Harriers’ Samantha Amend improved upon her third place position last year to take second in 2:44:21, with St. Helens’ Gemma Connolly third in 2:47:18.
Janet Snell was the mid-point runner on 3:54:54 and the field closed on 7:47:50.