Updated: Wednesday, 19th September 2018 @ 4:17pm

Record 40,000 people ready for 10k Bupa Great Manchester Run

Record 40,000 people ready for 10k Bupa Great Manchester Run

By Dean Wilkins

A record 40,000 people are taking part in The Bupa Great Manchester Run this May.

The 10k race is in its tenth year and will welcome thousands of people hoping to raise money for good causes.

The race attracts numerous stars and some of the world’s best athletes as Ethiopian distance runner Haile Gebrselassie has triumphed on four occaisions.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and a regular participant in the event, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the return of the Bupa Great Manchester Run. This is the tenth time we’ve hosted the run which gets bigger and better every year.

"The run has firmly established itself as the biggest 10K in the country attracting both top names from the world of athletics and tens of thousands of enthusiastic amateur runners raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

"Next year's run is of course in Olympic Year and I hope this will inspire even more people to pull on their trainers and get running."

Since the first Great Manchester Run, an estimated £22 million has been raised for a host of charitable causes, including the Christie who have seen over a million pounds raised by runners.

The event will be broadcast live on the BBC on May 20 as Coronation Street actors Antony Cotton and Jane Danson join their co-stars in helping to raise money for charity.

A limited number of charities still have places available for this year’s Bupa Great Manchester Run, with details available at www.greatrun.org/Charities/Default.aspx