8 Apr

Theatre Of Dreams For Jones

Andi JonesAfter successive second place finishes, Andi Jones made it third time lucky to win Sunday's (6 April) Greater Manchester Marathon. The Stockport Harrier and Manchester City fan took victory in 2:16:55 and said: "It's the first time I have been happy to see Old Trafford.”

The event was celebrating its third staging since being revived in 2012 after a decade long absence. Ron Hill was on hand to give competitors their marching orders on a fast and flat course that starts on the A56 White City Roundabout in Old Trafford, just a short walk from Manchester United Football Club, and finishs outside the stadium.

Jones’ 2:16:55 is the quickest recorded since the event was reintroduced in 2012 and his best marathon performance in four years. The Stockport Harrier was followed by Andrew Davies (2:17:47), with Kevin Seaward third (2:18:46) and defending champion Dave Norman in fourth place (2:19:07). 

His victory will be made all the sweeter considering it is likely to be his last appearance at the event: “I'm really pleased because this is almost certainly my last Manchester marathon as I am emigrating to Qatar later this year”

Emily WicksEmily Wicks secured a PB and new course record of 2:38:21 to win the female competition, with Kilbarchan’s Gemma Rank second (2:40:34) and Samantha Amend in third (2:44:21). The Manchester event is only Wicks’ third official marathon, with the previous two in London and Frankfurt.

Looking south, Brighton Marathon again witnessed a course record as William Chebor won the race in 2:09:25. Chebor’s performance is all the more impressive considering he was forced to tie his lace at the 7 mile mark. The event, now in its fifth year, was started by Paula Radcliffe and attracted almost 9,000 runners.