Entries for the 2014 Greater Manchester Marathon, organised for Sunday 6 April, are now open. The event, which returned in 2012 after a decade long absence, has established itself as one of the most popular marathons in the UK with a race capacity of 10,000.
This week's launch took place at Up and Running in Manchester, with key figures including the Mayor of Trafford Councillor Dylan Butt, Councillor Jonathan Coupe and athletics legend Ron Hill all in attendance. Ron once again confirmed his support for his hometown race.
The race has received considerable attention since its return due to its seriously flat profile. With just 54m of elevation over the course, the Greater Manchester Marathon boasts the flattest and fastest route in the UK.
Using the same route as 2013, the marathon starts on the A56 White City Roundabout in Old Trafford, just a short walk from Manchester United Football Club, and finishes outside the stadium where the race village and charity zone are also located. A new addition for 2014 is the half / half relay, which will allow runners to share the marathon distance with a partner. There is also a four leg relay, where teams of four can each take a leg over 26.2 miles.
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."
Entry for the Greater Manchester Marathon is now open and is priced at £42.95 for affiliated runners, £44.95 otherwise.