Following last week's launch event, registration to the Greater Manchester Marathon 2014 is now open with a new confirmed date of Sunday 6th April.
The launch event took place at Up & Running in Manchester with key figures present including The Mayor of Trafford Councillor Dylan Butt, Councillor Jonathan Coupe, Chief Executive of Trafford Community Leisure Trust Bernie Jones, athletics legend Dr Ron Hill MBE who has pledged his support again for the marathon in his hometown, as well as representatives of the official charities and the media partners.
Bella Davies, Betty Hall, May McGuinness and Logan Rose represented the Altrincham Children’s Choir at the launch and were awarded with a £500 cheque after being voted the ‘Best entertainment en route’ by the runners at the 2013 race. The award for the ‘Best supporting community’ went to Altrincham.
The organisers of the Greater Manchester Marathon brought the race back in 2012 after a decade’s absence, and based on the continuous growth and popularity the race’s capacity is set at 10,000 places for 2014. Using the same flat route as in 2013, the start, finish and race village will be at Manchester United Football Club in Old Trafford.
The route, which takes in the Trafford Quays area, Sale, Brooklands, Timperley, Altrincham and Urmston, is perfect for beginners as well as seasoned runners who want to achieve a new PB. With only 54 m elevation gain the Greater Manchester Marathon can boast the flattest, fastest marathon route in the UK, attracting runners of all levels after having established itself as a unique race not to miss in the running calendar.
A new addition to the 2014 race is the ‘Half/Half’ Relay, which allows two runners to share the marathon distance between them and opens the race up to half marathon runners who want to be a part of this iconic race, run their first half marathon in Manchester or use it as a training ground for marathons later in the season. The ‘Four Leg’ Relay where teams of four run the 26.2 miles between them also takes place again, attracting corporate teams or friends who want to experience the race atmosphere without running the full marathon distance.
Race Director Simon Hill commented: “We are excited to be launching the Greater Manchester Marathon 2014 and to open registration today. The race’s reputation as not only the flattest and fastest but also one of the friendliest marathon with outstanding crowd support is growing rapidly, and I would like to thank everyone who has been supporting the Greater Manchester Marathon over the last couple of years.
“We have got some great partners and sponsors on board and we will be announcing a new headline sponsor for the Greater Manchester Marathon shortly.”
Up & Running has been announced as the Official Sports Retailer for the race and Official Sponsors include Myers Lister Price Solicitors and TWJ Partnership Accountants.
102 Capital FM has been confirmed as the Official Broadcasting Partner, whilst Manchester Evening News (MEN) and Runner’s World are the Official Media Partners for the race.
Official charities announced so far include Cancer Research UK and Help a Capital Child (HACC) with Virgin Money Giving as the Official Charity Fundraising Partner.
Early bird entry fees, available until 30th September, are £42.95 for affiliated runners, £44.95 for non-affiliated runners and £44.95 for wheelchair entries. Relay entry for ‘Half/Half’ teams costs £75 per team or £120 for ‘Four Leg’ relay teams. All finishers receive a medal as well as a fantastic goody bag.
Go to www.greatermanchestermarathon.com for further details and to secure your place now, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterMarathon and follow @Marathon_Mcr on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all the news and happenings.