Nova International, organisers of the Bupa Great Manchester Run, have revealed there are less than 1,500 places remaining for the 10k event. The race, due to take place on Sunday 26 May, looks set to attract up to 40,000 runners for what will be its 11th staging.
First held in May 2003, the event was created as a legacy for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and has seen many world and Olympic champions take part. Last year, Haile Gebrselassie claimed his fifth title, while the women's race was won by Linet Masai.
David Hart, communications director at Nova International, said: "With less than 1,500 places remaining, runners wishing to sign themselves up and see the city's streets like never before should get in touch soon so as not to miss out on this iconic race.Each year the runners outdo themselves with their outstanding dedication to both the race itself and the charity fundraising, with an estimated £25 million being raised since the first event 11 years ago."
This year the race will be started by ex-Bolton Wanderers midfielder, Fabrice Muamba, who astounded medics with his recovery after he collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest while playing against Tottenham last year. Amateur athletes will run alongside a star-studded line-up of celebrities, including Coronation Street's Paula Lane (Kylie Platt), former Hollyoaks star Darren Jeffries (OB) and snooker player Shaun Murphy.
To enter, visit the Bupa Great Manchester Run website.