Over 8,500 runners were met with welcome spring sunshine as they tackled the 41st ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday (2 April). The race was started under the Trafford Arch by Manchester running legend Dr Ron Hill MBE and ASICS ambassador Mara Yamauchi, and saw Patrick Martin claim victory on his marathon debut. In the female competition, Georgie Bruinvels replicated her 2015 success with a convincing win.
Regarded as one of the friendliest marathons in the UK, it also stands as one of the flattest with many choosing the event for its PB potential. The 26.2-mile route took in Sale, Brooklands, Timperley, Altrincham, Urmston and Stretford, with athletes congregating pre-race at the athlete’s village at Emirates Old Trafford – home of Lancashire County Cricket Club.
Stockport Harrier Martin, first at February’s Wrexham Village Bakery Half, had Will Mackay for company for 30k but managed to pull away with a strong finish in 2:22:37. Tom Charles of Trafford AC shaved over three and a half minutes off his marathon PB and secured second place in 2:23:55, while Belgrave Harriers’ Andrius Jaksevicius took third (2:24:28) and Mackay fourth in 2:26:00.
Aldershot, Farnham & District AC’s Bruinvels never looked in trouble as she reclaimed her title from 2015 with a time of 2:37:05, some eighteen seconds quicker than two years ago. Charlotte Firth secured second in 2:45:28, and Gemma Connolly of St Helens Sutton AC secured the final podium position in 2:46:43.
Race director Simon Hill commented: "The 2017 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon has been a great success, and we would like to congratulate all the runners who crossed the finish line. The atmosphere was superb, the entertainment was outstanding and it was very clear why this is known as one of the country's friendliest marathons.
“We would like to thank all the wonderful spectators who cheered the runners on the whole way round, as well as our wonderful marshals and volunteers. It's fantastic to hear that the flat and fast course saw many athletes smash their targets and achieve a PB. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again next spring!"
Next up on the Xtra Mile Events calendar is the Manchester Half Marathon, scheduled for Sunday 15 October. For full results from the Greater Manchester Marathon, visit our race listings page.