Sweeping victory for Jenny Spink at Manchester Marathon
An outstanding display of running by Jenny Spinks saw her win the women’s race at the ASICS Manchester Marathon yesterday (Sunday 07 April) by a substantial margin as 14,000 runners 'went ‘mad for it’ .
Elite international distance runner and member of Bristol & West AC, Jenny Spinks showed her class as she ran strongly throughout to become the first female in 2:35:19. Spinks also finished more than four minutes ahead of Fanni Gyurko of Central AC who was second in 2:39:50. Johanna O’Regan of St Neots Riverside Runners took third place in 2:42:15.
Aaron Richmond of Bideford AAC was the overall winner in 2:21:34; with a gap of nearly four and half minutes between him and Gareth Raven of Sale Harriers Manchester who finished in 2:26:07. Jo Corbett was close behind to finish third in 2:26:12.
Simon Lawson won the wheelchair race in 1:31:52.
Runners travelled from across the UK and overseas to take part in the ASICS Manchester Marathon and on a fast, flat route lined with thousands of cheering crowds. Spectators applauded everyone’s efforts and handed out jelly babies and orange wedges along with high fives and together with bands made for a festival atmosphere.
There were a number of homemade signs along the route that caused more than a few laughs from runners. The Star Wars inspired ‘May The Course Be With You’ was popular as were a few others but the clear winner was ‘Whoever Finishes Last Has To Sort Out Brexit’.
Next year’s race has a new city centre section which passes several landmarks including the Opera House and Spinningfields. Pre-register via the ASICS Manchester Marathon website.
Image courtesy of Lauren Carly Cooper.