Xtra Mile Events, organisers of the Manchester Half Marathon, have announced both the date for the 2017 staging of the event and opened up pre-registration. Demand for the race, scheduled for Sunday 15 October, is anticipated to be high after the inaugural half made a massive impact with more than 8,500 runners taking part.
Pre-registered athletes will have an exclusive period in which they can enter the race before general entries open on Monday 9 January. Those taking advantage of the offer will also be able to enter for a reduced early bird rate.
The half marathon made an extremely impressive entry into the racing calendar and 15,000 places have been made available for 2017 as a result. A big draw is the superfast course, with a mere 41m elevation gain and a glorious 2 mile+ finish straight. Statistics from 2016 show that 74% of the first 50 finishers achieved either a PB or SB.
A sister event to the Greater Manchester Marathon and Oulton Park Half Marathon, the race starts and finishes at Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club. It takes runners on wide, closed roads through Old Trafford, Stretford, Brooklands and Sale, and, as with 2016, organisers are promising plenty of entertainment and outstanding crowd support.
Race director Simon Hill commented: “We are excited to launch the 2017 Manchester Half Marathon after the great success of the inaugural event this year. With the very real chance to run a PB on the fast and flat course, and the fantastic results from the 2016 race, we are expecting a significant number of athletes to pre-register and be amongst the first to secure their place on the start line in 2017.
Simon added: “The first Manchester Half Marathon was highly popular among the local running community, but it also attracted many runners from all over the UK looking to hit their target time and experience the great sporting atmosphere for which Manchester is renowned. We are expecting more than half of runners in 2017 to come from outside the Greater Manchester area, now that the race is firmly established as one of the UK’s flattest, fastest and friendliest half marathons.”
For more information and to register your interest, visit the event website.