April 15, 2024

Manchester Marathon


10 MACs took to the iconic Trafford Arch start line to take on the challenge of 26.2 miles across the streets of Greater Manchester.

We had seasoned MAC marathoners as well as MACs who tested their minds and bodies over the marathon distance for the first time.

The adidas Manchester Marathon, the UK’s second largest marathon, offers a fast and flat course with only a few little inclines cleverly scattered in the latter part of the course, precisely when you do not need them.

First MAC home was Nick Gant who flew round the twists and turns of the course in an incredible 03:03:17. Fantastic running and a PB. A well deserved round of applause awaited Nick at the evening celebrations.

Ian Watson was a very close second in 03:07:21. Stunning effort from one of our top runners, in spite of a turbulent week leading up to the event.

It took Neil Corker 03:32:27 to cross the finish line. An inspiring performance which will leave many of us craving the 3:30 mark!

Nancy Butler achieved her goal and a PB in a fabulous time of 03:44:27. She looked very fresh at the finish so watch this space!

Atessa Kolanowska was next across the finish line in 03:51:00, remaining on the GFA spectrum, and super impressed with her sparkling new ACL.

Jonathan Tyson bagged a PB in 03:53:14. Great running, next marathons already entered. He looked fresher than most of us in the evening so new PBs brewing!

Our first timer Mig Michal Kolanowski set out to finish his first marathon in under 4 hours and executed his race plan perfectly, coming home in 03:54:42. He’s got the distance running bug now.

Caroline Robertson wanted a sub 4 h result and she run her socks off crossing the finish line in 03:56:57. Fabulous effort. She looked like she could do it all again!

Pete Bush was next MAC to cross the finish line in 04:23:26. Great effort and practice for some tough mountainous marathons planned for the latter part of the year.

Becky Cummins conquered the 26.2 miler in 04:47:47. Great long distance running from our renowned MAC sprinter!

And last but not least – a huge thank you to our own MAC supporters, especially Andy Mellor who waved the MAC flag and blew the horn spurring us on. Jack Cummins energised us with his smile and David Robertson with his little ones cheered us on immensely. Thank you to all.

It was a fantastic and super vibrant event with over 30,000 runners, 125,00 supporters, fantastic atmosphere and great organisation. I’m sure many MACs will do it again.

The event was won by Adam Clarke in 02:16:29

First lady – Charlie Arnell in 02:37:14

Wheelchair elite Bret Crossley broke the tape in 01:50:35