The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford took place yesterday Sunday 19th April and saw the largest number of finishers in the race’s 39 year history. 8053 runners including a large British elite field crossed the finish line on Sir Matt Busby Way at Old Trafford Football Stadium, cheered on by thousands of spectators and lots of supporting communities along the route. 714 relay runners also took part in the Half/Half and 4 Leg Team Relays.
The flat, fast course, known to be the flattest in the UK with only 54m elevation gain, attracted participants from all over the UK as well as many runners from local and regional clubs who were looking for a PB or qualifying time. International runners had travelled from as far as China, Japan, USA, Canada and Australia to race in Greater Manchester. Slightly overcast skies and temperatures of 14 degrees C made for perfect running conditions on the flat course, and Paul Martelletti’s winning time of 02:17:47 reflects the quality of the British field and the potential of the course. Sunday’s race delivered 7 out of the top 10 2015 British marathon times and 12 out of the top 20!
After the start of the wheelchair race at 8.55am the runners of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon were sent on their way at 9.00am prompt by official starters Dr Ron Hill MBE and ASICS ambassador Mara Yamauchi. Paul Martelletti was in the leading pack straight from the start and throughout the first half of the race before starting to pull away in the second half of the race. Martelletti claimed the winning title in a time of 02:17:47, nearly one minute ahead of runner-up Eoin Callaghan. Michael Kallenberg secured third place in a time of 02:19:00. The top four men ran sub 02:20 which highlights the fact that the course is flat and fast.
The women’s race was dominated by Georgie Bruinvels, who was competing in her first ever marathon. With a half marathon PB of 74:27:00 she had been a strong contender, and her outstanding performance saw her claim the women’s title in a time of 02:37:21. Bruinvels also shaved more than a minute off the course record, set by club mate Emily Wicks in 2014. Samantha Amend, who came third last year, took 2nd place after crossing the finish line in 02:44:21, ahead of Gemma Connolly who finished in 02:27:18.
Lots of runners were raising money for charity including the official charities Cancer Research UK, The Christie charity and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. Organisers expect that more than £3 Million to have been raised for charity.
Results (provisional) – ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon 2015:
- Paul Martelletti (Run-Fast), 02:17:47
- Eoin Callaghan (Star Of The Sea AC), 02:18:45
- Michael Kallenberg (Cardiff AAC), 02:19:00
- Georgie Bruinvels (Aldershot & Farnham AC), 02:37:21
- Samantha Amend (Belgrave Harriers), 02:44:13
- Gemma Connolly (St Helens Sutton AC), 02:47:18
- Mike Telford, 01:46:52
The full results are available on the website http://www.chiprace.co.uk/Results.aspx?CId=38&RId=932
Race Director Simon Hill said: “The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon 2015 has been a huge success, and I’d like to congratulate the winners and all the runners who took part and completed the marathon. I would also like to express a big thank you to all the local communities who were lining the streets, cheering on the runners and working with us around the road closures, as well the volunteers and marshals, the official charities, our title sponsor, partner sponsors, the runners, pacers, spectators and supporters, and everyone who contributed to making this the friendliest marathon.
“The race sees huge crowd and community support, and if you ran the marathon please make sure you vote for the ‘Best Entertainment’ and ‘Best Supporting Community’ as we will award a £500 cheque to the winning groups as a thank you for their efforts in keeping you motivated and helping you get around the course.”
Cathy McGinnis, ASICS Marketing Manager UK & Ireland said: “ASICS are committed to supporting runners to achieve their personal goals, and to celebrate the passion, determination and dedication of marathoners. Congratulations to everyone who took part; it was fantastic to see everyone complete their journey to marathon day.”
The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon is the UK’s flattest, fastest and friendliest marathon and, with its British-only prize fund and three time bonuses, is known for attracting a top quality British field. The race was voted the UK’s Best Marathon by The Running Awards 2014 and it also won the Most Improved Race at the Runner’s World Personal Best Awards last year.
ASICS is the title sponsor for the Greater Manchester Marathon. Other sponsors and partners include MLP Law, Metrolink, Manchester Airport Group, Runners Need, Polar, Jabra, Myprotein, ERDINGER Alkoholfrei, TWJ Partnership Accountants, Hotel Football, BEST WESTERN Cresta Court Hotel Altrincham, Trafford Council and Virgin Money Giving. 102 Capital FM is the Official Broadcasting Partner whilst Runner’s World and Athletics Weekly are Official Media Partners for the race.
Pre-registration for the 40th anniversary race in 2016 will open shortly.
Please visit www.greatermanchestermarathon.com for further race details, results and race photos.
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