The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon was once again a winner at The 2017 Running Awards, which took place at indigo at The O2 in London last Thursday 20 April. The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon came first in the ‘UK’s Best Marathon’ category (over 5,000 runners) as independently voted for by runners. The event reclaimed its winning title from 2014 and 2015.
According to race organiser Xtra Mile Events, now owned by Human Race, this latest award puts ‘a stake in the ground and proving the huge loyal following of this popular race’.
The 2017 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon took place in Trafford on Sunday 2 April. The marathon is billed as being ‘the UK’s flattest, fastest and friendliest marathon’, and the 2017 edition resulted in a ‘disproportionately high number of PBs’. Xtra Mile Events, also took home a bronze trophy after the Aldi Manchester Half Marathon, which took place for the first time last October, came third in the Half Marathon category (over 5,000 runners) at The Running Awards.
The Running Awards is positioned as the UK’s only independent annual awards ceremony celebrating the best of running and its culture, with runners and consumers nominating and voting for their favourite products, brands, publications, sports retailers, charities and events.
Race Director Simon Hill said “We are thrilled that the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon has been voted the UK’s Best Marathon for a third time by runners; and we would like to thank every single runner who took the time to vote for us. In addition to the sought-after Gold trophy we are also taking home the Bronze trophy for the Aldi Manchester Half Marathon which took place for the first-time last autumn.”
He continued, “A big thank you again to everyone who has been coming to race in Manchester over these last few years and supporting us, and to every single person who has been contributing to the success of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon and Aldi Manchester Half Marathon. This really means a lot to myself and the team and we are very grateful for all the support.”
Both races start and finish near Emirates Old Trafford home of Lancashire County Cricket Club. Entries for the 2017 Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday 15 October are open. The date for the 2018 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon will be announced in the coming weeks. Runners can however pre-register for the 2018 race and secure a place at the early bird entry fee of £50.