Great Manchester Run 2016: Results
The Great Manchester Run brought some of the world’s biggest marathon runner’s to Manchester to compete.
The elite men’s race was won by three time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia in 28:08 minutes. He narrowly beat Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang by 7 seconds.
“It's great to be here in Manchester, it's a great place with great people,” said Bekele. “Everything was fantastic and I'm happy to be here. It was a great race and I'm happy with the win.
“If I get the chance I'll come back here for sure. I always enjoy it in Manchester. It's a fantastic race.”
The result of the elite women’s race followed a similar pattern with Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia beating Kenya’s Edna Kiplaget by 9 seconds.
Both the men’s and the women’s wheelchair races were clearly dominated by British athletes. Simon Lawson was nearly three minutes clear of the rest of the field and took the victory in 21:20, beating Brett Crossley (24:15) and Matthew Clarke (25.21.)
Simon Lawson was happy to win this year after finish runner up in 2015. After the race he said “It's good to get the win this year after finishing second last year, so I'm happy with that. It was a quick time as well so all the better.
“I need to qualify for the Paralympics and I've been getting some good marathon times, so the preparation is going very well.
“The conditions were perfect today, nice and sunny, no wind, you can't ask for anything more.”
Shelly Woods narrowly won the women’s wheelchair race in 25:21 with Jade Jones following closely with 25:35.
“It was a good race,” she said. “I pushed for the first 7K and then managed to get away for the last 3K and hold it. Jade’s strong, she’s on the way up, so she’s doing well. It pushes you on.”
“It’s always good to beat good competition and I was happy to win here knowing how strong she is, it’s Paralympic year and I’m feeling strong and fast.”
There were many other runners taking part in the 10K including some very well known celebrities raising money for various charities. These include Jack P Shepherd running for The Kirsty Club, Tina O’Brien, Faye Brookes both running for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Eden Taylor-Draper and George Rainsford both running for Bloodwise.
To see how well you did and find out your time in the Great Manchester Run visit http://www.greatrun.org/myresults
To find out how you can enter next years event visit http://www.greatrun.org/great-manchester-run