40,000 runners had perfect conditions for this morning's Bupa Great Manchester Run - bright skies, not too much wind and not too warm. Those conditions and the distance suited double Commonwealth champion Moses Kipsiro. The Ugandan had sufficient turn of pace to frustrate Wilson Kipsang; he broke the tape on 27:52, one second ahead of the Kenyan marathon specialist.
Just minutes earlier the pair had dropped Manchester's adopted favourite the magnificent Haile Gebrselassie; the veteran Ethiopian had to settle for third place in 28:00. Another running icon did live up to her reputation as multi Olympic gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba upped the pace in the final stages of the women's race to storm home in a new course record of 30:47.
Jonny Mellor and Gemma Steel were the best of the home-based runners. However the real heroes and heroines were the thousands of occasional runners, who ran the 10k course from the city centre to Old Trafford and Salford Quays and then back. They were ably supported by huge crowds who packed the streets of Manchester.