Manchester simply Great
Close to 30,000 runners and an even greater number of spectators showed just why the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run stands as the third largest running event in the country. Sunday’s (19 May) action saw some stand-out performances, particularly in the 10k, at which Ugandan teenager Jacob Kiplimo set the scene alight with one of the fastest ever times recorded at the event.
Organised initially as a legacy event following the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the Great Manchester Run has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence and is now Europe’s largest 10k road race.
An 80-strong team of family, friends and BBC colleagues of the much-loved local broadcaster Dianne Oxberry - who died on January 10 of Ovarian Cancer – took on the 10k to raise funds for the charity that has been set up in her name. The team was led by Dianne's husband Ian Hindle. The charity has already raised an incredible £60,000 from a Just Giving page alone.
New for 2019, was a high energy music zone, supported by the legendary Hacienda, designed to give runners a much-needed boost ahead of the finish line. The zone featured a playlist by the New Order and Joy Division co-founder Peter Hook, a massive sound system, disco lights and even a smoke machine.
Participants also experienced a true Manchester party as the event partnered with the Proud Trust to create an LGBT+ cheer point, complete with a DJ, colourful balloon towers and supporters.
There were some blistering times at a race not generally thought to be the fastest on the circuit. Jacob Kiplimo stormed to victory in the 10k in 27:31, finishing ahead of Eyob Faniel (28:24) and Antonio Abadia in 28:39. Belgrave Harriers’ Nick Goolab, who had set a PB at last month’s Brighton 10K, put in another superb performance to claim fourth in 28:42.
Hellen Obiri claimed victory in the women's race in a time of 31:23, just ahead of Ruti Aga in 31:44 and Edna Kiplagat in 32:34. Steph Twell was a standout in fourth place in 32:41.
There was greater success for the UK in the half marathon with Salford Harriers’ Carl Hardman claiming first in 1:09:18, over two minutes ahead of Boalloy RC’s Carl Moulton (1:11:53). Georgie Fenn took the women’s title in 1:21:16 with Meike Freudenreich second in 1:22:02
Full results are available via our results page here.