Two Scots are expected to dominate at the head of the field in Sunday's (15 October) Manchester Half Marathon. The clash between US-based Luke Traynor (pictured) and the versatile Robbie Simpson could see the course record (1:04:41) - set in last year's inaugural event - come under threat.
Manchester Half Marathon starts and finishes in Trafford and organisers anticipate a field of 12,000 for a race they bill as one of the fastest and flattest courses on the major event circuit. Big crowds are expected along the route to support a mix of club runners (many contesting the Running Club Clash) and recreational and charity participants.
Fast improving Luke Traynor is making his debut at the half marathon distance after finishing third on the track in the Trafford Grand Prix 10,000m back in August. Robbie Simpson was selected to compete for GB in the marathon at this year’s World Athletics Championships but had to withdraw from the event through injury.
“Manchester Half Marathon will be my first half marathon on one of the fastest courses in the UK and against some serious competition,” says Traynor. “This is one of the best road events in the country so it is the perfect place for my debut at the distance.”
Leading the women’s elite field is internationalist Kate Reed. She currently leads the UK Half Marathon rankings with a time of 73 minutes 43 seconds. “Following the inaugural event in 2016 it’s great to be here to test myself once again over the half marathon distance,” says Reed. “It’s a fast and flat course so I’m looking forward to a good race”.
Manchester Half Marathon is organised by Xtra Mile Events in partnership with Trafford Council. For more information on Manchester Half Marathon visit the event website.