Greater Manchester Marathon truly back after 10 years


The Greater Manchester Marathon was back for the first time after a decade with just under 5,000 runners lining up at the start on Sunday 29th April 2012. Athletics legend Ron Hill and Darren Campbell MBE started the race, sending the runners on their way through the sporting heart of Greater Manchester.












The course went through Trafford Park, Sale, Brooklands, Timperley, Altricham, Dunham Massey, Partington, Carrington and Urmston before finishing in Stretford’s Longford Park, with some of the highlights including the Imperial War Museum, the new Media City and views of Old Trafford.


The first runner to cross the finish line was Dave Norman from Altrincham Athletics Club in a gun time of 02:24:50, winning his first ever marathon in his home town.

Andi Jones came second in 02:26:23 followed by Martin Sanders in 02:28:08 in third place. The first woman across the finish line was Rebecca Johnson from Bellahouston Road Runners in a gun time of 03:05:26 followed by runner up Sally Malir from Ikley Harriers in 03:10:46. Jessica Oliver-Bell from Trafford AC came third in a time of 03:10:50.


Considering the challenging weather conditions these were excellent times achieved by the winners, and for the majority of the runners finishing the race was an achievement on its own. In true Manchester style the residents were not put off by the weather and lined the streets of their communities, showing outstanding support for the event and encouraging the runners to keep going.


Race Director Simon Hill said “I would like to express a huge thank you to all the runners who braced the weather conditions to complete the 26.2 miles, as well as to all the volunteers, marshals and supporting crowds. A big thank you also to all the sponsors and partners of the Greater Manchester Marathon 2012.”

     29th April 2012

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