Less than a week ahead of what will be its 40th anniversary, organisers of the Greater Manchester Marathon have received confirmation that the race has been approved by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).
Working alongside the International Association of Athletics Federations, the recognition will mean an increase in international exposure for race sponsors and the city of Manchester and is expected to attract an influx of runners from overseas.
Race director Simon Hill commented: “I am delighted and extremely proud that the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon has received international recognition through AIMS and IAAF. It has been part of our long-term plans to develop the race on a global level, and this world-renowned status will be of great benefit to our runners, our many sponsors and also to the City of Manchester and the Borough of Trafford.”
“It is exciting that our IAAF standard will help us to further enhance the top-class, elite field not only from the UK but from Europe and worldwide. Our international status gives us a great deal to look forward to in years to come.”
This Sunday (10 April) will see 15,000 runners take on a race that has been voted the UK’s best marathon for the last two years at The Running Awards. The field will enjoy a revamped start point at the Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club as they tackle the nation’s flattest, fastest and friendliest marathon.
Race organisers have also confirmed that Race Angels will be present on Sunday. Race Angels is a team of enthusiastic and hugely supportive runners who will be situated near the end of the race to accompany any runners who need support and encouragement in the final mile or two. They are a great reassurance that the finish line is near, and will run a short distance with those who would like their help. This year, the Race Angels hope to be at mile 24-25.