As well as bringing together over 30,000 competitors, London Marathon also signifies the weekend in which the annual running awards are handed out. North of England events recognised were the Greater Manchester Marathon, Wetherby 10K and Darlington 10K.
The Manchester event claimed two titles, ‘Most Improved Race’ from Runner’s World Personal Best Awards and then ‘Best Marathon’ at The Running Awards. The Manchester event has received considerable attention since its return in 2012 after a decade long absence, with just 54m elevation over the course the race is known to boast one of the fastest routes in the circuit.
Simon Hill, ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon race director (main picture - centre), was in London to receive the awards and commented: “Two awards in two days is immense and shows the ever-increasing popularity of this growing race. We would like to thank everyone involved, and especially our runners, for voting us number one marathon and most improved race.”
West Yorkshire’s Wetherby 10K were the proud recipients of the national award of Most Improved Race of 2013 from the British Association of Road Races (BAAR). Hosted by BARR Chairman Paul Wood, the honour was presented by Dave Bedford OBE and received on behalf of the club by President and founder member Robert Gray (pictured).
Known as ‘A Cracking Little Yorkshire Run’, the 10k is organised by Wetherby Runners and attracts a field of about 1,000 runners. The race made headlines in September last year as 19 competitors were disqualified for failing to abide by the 'no headphones rule' stipulated in the conditions.
Also recognised were the Southport Mad Dog, who won best 10K at The Running Awards, and btrLiverpool’s Santa Dash, which was rated as the second best fun run at the same event.