Supermarket chain Aldi has been confirmed as the official headline sponsor for the inaugural Manchester Half Marathon. The partnership will mean the race will now be called the Aldi Manchester Half Marathon and ensures Aldi will continue to support British sport, having been the official supermarket sponsor of Team GB in Rio.
In addition to its role as headline partner, Aldi will also be supporting the Aldi Manchester Half Marathon at a community level by providing water during the race and food and drink for all the race marshals. Race director Simon Hill commented: “We are delighted to welcome Aldi as our official headline partner for the inaugural Aldi Manchester Half Marathon.”
Aldi joins ASICS, Intersport and HIGH5 in lending strong support to the very first Aldi Manchester Half Marathon, as Simon identified: ”The supermarket joins us in wanting to make sport available to everyone, and we hope that recent success in Rio will inspire any last entrants to sign up and join in.
"It is set to be a fantastic day of sporting achievement, with outstanding support and entertainment. The news as the countdown to the race, scheduled for Sunday 16 October, draws even closer is that 12,000 places have been made available and it seems the event could be on course for a sell-out in its debut year."
A large draw for runners is the fact the half marathon has been designed to be one of the fastest in the country with just 41m of elevation and a 2 mile+ finish straight. Like its bigger sibling Greater Manchester Marathon, the 13.1 mile race will start and finish at Emirates Old Trafford Lancashire County Cricket Club, with on course entertainment planned.