After 2016 saw the Greater Manchester Marathon celebrate its 40th year in style with over 9,500 runners congregating at the new start point at Trafford Arch, expectation is high for this year’s event with the final preparations being put in place. Sunday’s (2 April) field can expect another fitting send off with Dr Ron Hill and Mara Yamauchi both confirmed as official starters of the race.
Prior to the pair firing the starter’s gun, Manchester will be alive with running-related activity over the course of the weekend. On Friday and Saturday at First Street, runners will be able to collect their race packs, giving them the opportunity to mingle with other runners and pick up their free personalised ASICS Pace your Race band to help them hit their targets on the day.
On Saturday, Dr Ron Hill MBE will be doing an exclusive signing of his co-authored book, 'Manchester Marathons 1908 – 2002', while Mara Yamauchi will be doing a live Q&A from 13.00–13.30 in the ASICS area.
With a seriously flat route on offer, there is high expectation for a series of quick times, with organisers also offering a British and Irish only prize fund. Early weather indications show that conditions could be just right for strong performances, with the rain breaking on Sunday and temperature of around 7°C.