5 May

Hodgson To Kick Off Great Manchester Run

Roy HodgsonRoy Hodgson is shaping up for an eventful day in Manchester on Sunday 22 May: the England manager has been confirmed as the honorary starter for the Greater Manchester Run, and after this, will head to the Etihad Stadium as the national team prepares for a game against Turkey.

In what will be a massive boost for organisers, The Great Run Company, Hodgson will launch the first wave of runners from the start line in Portland Street at 11.30am. Roy Hodgson said: "Manchester has to be one of the greatest cities for sport and it's fantastic that the England football team and fans can be part of this great weekend of sport.

"I'm proud to be the honorary starter of the Great Manchester Run and looking forward to seeing thousands of people cheering and waving as they set off through the city centre. Whether it is football, running or even walking it's really important that all sports and teams do their bit to encourage people to get outdoors and get active. 

The Great Manchester Run now stands as Europe’s largest 10k road race, attracting upwards of 25,000 participants each year. The route takes runners past Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, who play Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final at Wembley the previous day. 2015 saw Kenyan runners Stephen Sambu and Betsy Saina come out on top in their respective fields in times of 27:30 and 31:49.