Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ON THE RUN FOR THE 38th MARATHON ; 7,000 Set to Line Up This Sunday for the Manchester Marathon around the Streets South of the cityLight Rain Is Forecast for the Big Race, Which Starts at United's Old Trafford Ground at 9am

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ON THE RUN FOR THE 38th MARATHON ; 7,000 Set to Line Up This Sunday for the Manchester Marathon around the Streets South of the cityLight Rain Is Forecast for the Big Race, Which Starts at United's Old Trafford Ground at 9am

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IT WILL take more than a little light rain forecast to dampen the spirits of the 7,000 runners expected at the Manchester Marathon on Sunday.

After months of gruelling training and relentless fundraising, competitors will snake through streets south of the city for the 38th year running.

The 26.2-mile event, which starts at 9am, begins and ends at Old Trafford, taking runners along Bridgewater Way, before leading them west to Trafford Wharf Road opposite Salford Quays.

They must then turn around and head south through Gorse Hill, Stretford and Brooklands, reaching the halfway point around Altrincham.

After several miles of going back on themselves, tired competitors then head towards Carrington, before embarking on the brutal final stretch back towards Sir Matt Busby Way.

Along the route, organisers have arranged a festival of entertainment, featuring community acts such as the Sale Brass Bass at Sale Waterside and the Trafford Youth Orchestra at Brooklands and Flixton.

After the event, runners can vote for groups in the Best Entertainment and Best Supporting Community categories, with the winners receiving a Pounds 500 cash prize.

Race sponsors, ASICS, will also have representatives dotted around the route to cheer on athletes and hand clappers out to supporters.

Some of the official charities supporting the event will have stations positioned around the circuit, with Royal Manchester Children's Hospital based on Brooklands Road, and British Red Cross by Avondale Road junction.

Race director, Simon Hill, expects thousands of supporters to line the streets and is proud of the race's reputation as the friendliest marathon.

He said: "The entertainment on race day will be exceptional. There will be a unique festival atmosphere for both runners and spectators to soak up and be a part of, making it a great day out."

26 miles... on a pogo stick A MAN is vying to hop into the history books this Sunday as he becomes the first person to tackle the Manchester Marathon - on a pogo stick.

Jack Sexty, 24, also aims to break the Guinness World Record for distance travelled on the device in 24 hours, currently set at 23 miles by American James Roumeliotis in 2012. …

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