England Boss To Start Great Manchester Run

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To enter the Great Manchester Run on Sunday, May 22, go to www.greatrun.org/Manchester

Roy Hodgson will launch a great day of sport in Manchester in his role as honorary starter for the Great Manchester Run. 

The England manager has agreed to start the mass participation 10k event just a few hours before his side play Turkey in a warm-up game for Euro 2016 on Sunday, May 22.
   
Hodgson will launch the first wave of runners from the start line in Portland Street at 11.30am before returning to the team hotel to prepare for the 5.15pm kick off at the Etihad Stadium. 

Organisers The Great Run Company are thrilled that the national team boss has agreed to support the run just three weeks before England begin their Euro 2016 campaign against Russia in Marseille on Saturday, June 11.

The Great Manchester Run, broadcast live on BBC One, is set to attract another massive field of up to 40,000 runners. The route takes runners past Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, who play Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final at Wembley the previous day. 

Roy Hodgson said: "Manchester has to be one of the greatest cities for sport and it's fantastic that the England football team and fans can be part of this great weekend of sport.

"I'm proud to be the honorary starter of the Great Manchester Run and looking forward to seeing thousands of people cheering and waving as they set off through the city centre. Whether it is football, running or even walking it's really important that all sports and teams do their bit to encourage people to get outdoors and get active. 

"The Great Manchester Run is a great celebration for the city with an amazing atmosphere which we hope to continue into the evening for our crucial friendly with Turkey ahead of the Euros. Hopefully, we can see fans wearing their England shirts either in the 10k or watching from the sidelines as spectators before going along to the game."

Tickets are still available for England v Turkey in Manchester and can be purchased via TheFA.com/tickets.

A superb weekend of Manchester sport kicks off on Friday, May 20, with the Great CityGames Manchester – a unique elite event that attracts some of the world's top athletes on a purpose-built track on Deansgate in the city centre – before the Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run at the Etihad Campus on Saturday, May 21.

To enter the Great Manchester Run on Sunday, May 22, go to www.greatrun.org/Manchester