Marathon fever is building up south of the border with the launch this week of two new events. The first Greater Manchester Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, April 29 and 5,000 runners are expected for the initial event. The new Milton Keynes marathon will be staged on the same date.
The Greater Manchester marathon will start and finish in Longford Park in Stretford and runners will pass city landmarks such as the Old Trafford cricket and football grounds and Dunham Massey Park. The first marathon to be run in Manchester in over 10 years will take place a week after the 2012 Virgin London marathon. The new race is being organised by Xtra Mile Events who are already active in the Manchester area and stage both the Wilmslow and Macclesfield triathlons.
The launch of the 2012 Milton Keynes marathon also took place this week at stadiummk, the home of MK Dons. The new event is being billed as the 'green' marathon and the course is traffic free on closed roads and cycle paths or 'redways' as they are known locally and without any significant incline there is real PB potential for all participants.
The Milton Keynes event has the backing of Milton Keynes council, The Milton Keynes Parks Trust, Milton Keynes Dons FC and Destination Milton Keynes. Many businesses from the local area have become involved as event sponsors or will be participating in the Corporate Relay to run alongside the main race.