Organisers of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon have issued a reminder to all runners to sign up and secure their place before the end of September and benefit from the reduced early bird entry fees. The marathon has enjoyed considerable success since being reintroduced and is set to attract up to 12,500 runners on Sunday 19 April, 2015.
Early bird places cost £43 for affiliated runners, and £45 for unaffiliated runners and wheelchair entries. The early bird entry fees for the 2 Leg Half/Half are £75 per team and £120 for the 4 Leg Team Relay. All finishers receive a medal and ASICS technical t-shirt. The entry fees will increase from 1 October.
The race is known to offer the fastest and flattest 26.2 mile course in the UK with just 54m of elevation. Last year’s event saw winners Andi Jones and Emily Wicks set new course records in 2:16:59 and 2:38:26 respectively, with all four leading men finishing under the 2 hour 20 mark.
As introduced in 2014, the race will offer a British-only prize fund again. The top ten British athletes will be eligible for cash prizes and the organisers have put up three time bonuses available to UK registered runners only, awarding £10,000 to the first male British athlete who finishes under 2:10 and the first female British athlete who finishes under 2:20.
Race director Simon Hill commented: “Places to the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon have been going fast and anyone thinking about signing up should do so before the end of the month in order to benefit from the early bird entry fees. The British-only prize fund and the time bonuses are guaranteed to attract a top quality field to Manchester in April, and it’s also the perfect course for beginners, charity runners and athletes seeking a PB or qualifying time.”
For more information and to register, visit the Greater Manchester Marathon website.