The date for next year’s Greater Manchester Marathon has been confirmed, with the 2016 edition of the race scheduled for Sunday 10 April. Organisers had been forced to delay definitive conformation before the release of the Premier League fixtures.
The Greater Manchester Marathon boasts a fast and flat 26.2 mile course with just 54m of elevation and has seen its reputation soar since being reintroduced. 8053 runners completed the event this year - the highest turnout in the event's history and a 33% upturn from the previous year.
2015 saw Dr Ron Hill and Mara Yamauchi set the field on their way with Run Fast’s Paul Martelletti taking first place in 2:17:46, nearly one minute ahead of runner-up Eoin Callaghan, with Michael Kallenberg securing third place in a time of 2:19:00. Each of the top four men dipped under 2:20.
In what was her debut marathon, Georgie Bruinvels gave an outstanding performance to claim the woman’s title. Bruinvels, who had a half marathon PB of 1:14:27, set a winning time of 2:37:21, more than a minute quicker than the previous course record - held by club mate Emily Wicks. Belgrave Harriers’ Samantha Amend improved upon her third place position last year to take second in 2:44:21, with St. Helens’ Gemma Connolly third in 2:47:18.
Race director Simon Hill commented: “We are excited to confirm the date of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon 2016. The race’s reputation as not only the flattest and fastest but also the friendliest marathon with outstanding crowd support has been growing rapidly, and I would like to thank everyone who has been supporting the race since we brought it back in the Olympic year.”
Entry for the race is set at £50 until 1 October and £60 thereafter. For further registration details visit the event website.