Manchester Marathon set for emotional & joyous return
Event organisers confident October double-header will be a special day
Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race Events, is looking forward to a huge day for running in the North West on Sunday 10 October. The organiser of Manchester Marathon and Manchester Half Marathon is in no doubt about the impact the event will have: "It’s going to be an emotional and joyous return."
The feature marathon and the popular half marathon are set to be staged on the same date for the first time. This move will allow infrastructure to be in place for a memorable day, with safety at the heart of the planning arrangements.
With the date and capacities for the events confirmed, a small number of remaining places were released yesterday (Monday 12 April). Due to the enforced cancellation of the 2020 marathon, around 85% of places in the marathon have already been taken for this October, and therefore only a small allocation is available. To ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all the half marathon will be limited to 50% of its usual numbers for 2021. Entries into both are available on a first come, first served basis.
To coincide with the new entries becoming available, the Manchester Marathon have announced the latest recipients of donations from their Trafford Active Fund with a record £46,000 being awarded. The fund uses £1 from every entry to help individuals and organisations inspire active lifestyles and sporting progress in Greater Manchester.
Five organisations were shortlisted with Disability Snowsport UK, Henshaws Society for the Blind and Simply Cycling receiving £14,000 each. In addition £2,000 each is going to The Conservation Volunteers and Mile Shy Club. Each organisation has provided plans of how they will use the money to help individuals in Trafford and Greater Manchester get active at this testing time.
Speaking when announcing these awards Nick Rusling said: “We are delighted to support local organisations giving people from all backgrounds the opportunity to get active and healthy. Whilst Manchester Marathon is increasingly an event people want to experience from all around the world, the local community will always remain at the heart of everything we do.
He continued: "We’ve all been deprived of the joy of a Manchester Marathon event day for too long, so it’s going to be an emotional and joyous return for us later this year. Combining the two events will be something special, and I can’t wait to experience it. I can assure you the safety of everybody involved is a top priority, but there’s plenty of opportunity for a lot of the fun we are famous for too.”
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