The Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run and inaugural Half Marathon further underlined the city’s unified response to last week’s terror attack. After a minute’s silence, tens of thousands of competitors set off beneath the banner of #RunForManchester while runners and spectators both wore yellow ribbons as a symbol of solidarity and support.
Organised initially as a legacy event following the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the Great Manchester Run has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence and is now Europe’s largest 10k road race.
There was a familiar face leading the women home as pre-race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba secured what is her fourth title at Manchester with victory in 31:03, a comfortable two minutes ahead of second placed Christelle Daunay (33:08). Coventry’s Katrina Wooton took third in 33:18.
Dibaba later dedicated her victory to the people of Manchester: "I am very happy to win this race again. This is a very important race for me because of what happened this week in Manchester, I wanted to give my support to the people of Manchester and England. It is special to me."
It turned out to be an American 1-2 in the men’s competition. Dathan Ritzenhein (28:06) edged out Bernard Lagat (28:13) to take first place. South African Stephen Mokoka finished third in 28:22, with Aldershot’s Andy Vernon (28:36) and Stephen Scullion (29:25) the top placed British runners.
The 10k played host to a a lovely reunion between Matt Rees and David Wyeth, the runners who shot to stardom when Rees assisted the Chorlton Runner to the finish line at the Virgin London Marathon. The pair finished within a minute of each other, with Rees crossing the line in 35:07 and Wyeth in 35:39.
Sunday also saw the first ever staging of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run Half Marathon, which took place prior to the 10k. Spenborough AC’s Joe Sagar claimed the maiden title with victory in 1:12:54, with Mark Newton second (1:13:10) and Abdul Madar third (1:13:59).
Lucy Niemz secured a comfortable first in the women’s event, finishing in 1:24:24, with Louise Cartmell (1:25:31) and Annie Byrne (1:25:51) second and third respectively.
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