Europe's biggest 10k running event has seen more than a quarter of a million enthusiastic runners take to the streets of Manchester to accomplish their individual goals.
First held in May 2003, the run was created as a legacy event following the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The Great Manchester Run has since grown into a weekend festival of sport, including the Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run and the BT Great CityGames
– a unique elite event that consistently attracts some of the world's top sprinters on a purpose-built track in the heart of the city centre.
In recent years, tens of thousands of spectators and a live TV audience have witnessed Olympic champions Haile Gebrselassie and Derartu Tulu, plus world champions Paul Tergat, Zersenay Tadesse, Sonia O'Sullivan and Vivian Cheruiyot emerge victorious across the city centre finish line.
Since the first Great Manchester Run, an estimated £22 million has been raised for a host of charitable causes, including the Christie, the Lord Mayor's official charity for the last three years, which has benefited from over one million pounds raised by runners.
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