This weekend was the Great Manchester Run 2016 and hundreds of thousands of entrants took part. It’s a 10k course and is one of the most popular runs in the UK.
It was conceived as a Manchester Commonwealth Games legacy event in 2003 and has been going from strength to strength ever since. 300,000 people entered the race this year, amateurs and professionals alike.
As with the London Marathon, the wheelchair race was a hotly contested competition! Simon Lawson won the elite men’s wheelchair race in a time of 21 minutes 20 seconds finishing a good three minutes ahead of his nearest competitor. Fellow Briton Shelly Woods won the elite women’s wheelchair in 25:21, an amazing time and only fourteen seconds in the lead.
Second place in the men’s race went to Brett Crossley and in the women’s, it went to Jade Jones. It was great to see Team GB dominate such an important event in the racing calendar.
It was the perfect weather for such a fast race, meaning unlike the London Marathon, the roads weren’t slick from the rain enabling the wheelchair racers to set a faster pace.
Congratulations to all participants, and we look forward to seeing Team GB thrash the competition in Rio this year, as they are all on such incredible form this early in the season.