Plans for the 2012 Greater Manchester marathon are developing apace. The new event is set to fulfil its international ambitions with entries having been received from as far afield as Australia, USA, Malaysia and Hong Kong. There's a strong local flavour too with confirmation that 2004 Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell and former marathon world-record holder Ron Hill will start the race. In addition, there is the likelihood of a big celebrity presence with stars from Coronation Street and Emmerdale set to be joined by ex-players from Manchester United and Manchester City.
Manchester enjoys a big sporting reputation so it's a surprise to many that the city hasn't hosted a marathon since 2002. That will change on Sunday April 29, when 8,000 runners take to the streets for the event organised by Altrincham-based sports events management company Xtra Mile Events.
The course of the new marathon includes many of the city's landmarks - starting and finishing in Longford Park, and passing both Old Trafford football and cricket grounds, the Imperial War Museum, Media City, Trafford Park and Dunham Massey.
For more details and to enter visit the event website.