Britain's most competitive 10 km road race, the BUPA Great Manchester Run, reached its entry limit of 33,000 just six days after registration opened, organizers announced today. The event has more than tripled in size since debuting in 2003 when 10,000 runners entered.
"The response has been phenomenal and once again demonstrates the passion that Manchester has for sport," said David Hart, the event's communications director, through a media release. "Now it's up to us to deliver the best ever event."
Scheduled for Sunday, May 17, the BUPA Great Manchester Run has been designated an IAAF Gold Label Road Race for 2009, one of four such races organized by Nova International. Last year's race was won by Austrian Günther Weidlinger in 28:10 and and Briton Jo Pavey in 31:58. The course records are 27:21 by Kenyan Micah Kogo in 2007 and 31:07 by Ethiopian Berhane Adere in 2006.