Many of us are still waiting in anticipation to find out if we have secured a place in next year’s Virgin Money London Marathon. If you are amongst the large majority of runners whose ballot entry has not been successful then we have got the perfect marathon for you: the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon.
The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford takes place on Sunday 10th April 2016, and registration to the UK’s flattest, fastest and friendliest marathon is open.
The 2016 race will be the 40th edition of the Manchester Marathon, and the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon is your best race option if you are a first time marathoner, want a new PB or seek a qualifying time next spring. Add in great entertainment around the superfast course, outstanding crowd support and a glorious finish, and you will see why the race was voted the UK’s Official Best Marathon for two years running at The Running Awards. It also won the “Most Improved Race” at the Runner’s World Personal Best Awards in 2014.
With only 54m elevation gain the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon is flatter than Berlin, Paris, New York, Chicago and Hamburg, and it produces fast times: the top 4 men all broke the magical 2:20 barrier in both 2014 and 2015, and a huge number of runners set new PBs or broke their target times. A large proportion of the fastest 2015 British marathon times were also run in Manchester.
The British-only prize fund and the time bonuses are another huge incentive and attract a top quality British field to race in Greater Manchester year after year. For 2016 the prize fund has been increased to £12,000 with £2,000 awarded to the male and female winners, and a new team prize has also been introduced.
Cancer Research UK, The Christie charity and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity are the Official Charities for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon 2016.
Early bird places are available until 31st October. All finishers receive a medal, goody bag and ASICS technical t-shirt.
Hit your target time next April and go to greatermanchestermarathon.com to secure your place now.
Watch the highlights from the 2015 race here