Pat Martin and Georgie Bruinvels won the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday (April 2).
In superb conditions, thousands of runners took to streets of Salford and neighbouring areas and were cheered on by the local community and supporters around the 26.2 mile course which started and finished in Trafford.
One of the the flattest and fastest marathon courses in the UK, Stockport Harriers Pat Martin was the first to cross the line in the men’s race, taking the win in an impressive time of 2:22:37.
It was the Stockport runner’s debut marathon and another impressive performance this year, having won the Wrexham Half Marathon in February, and a second place finish in the New Balance Knighton 20.
There was over a one minute gap between Martin and second placed Trafford AC runner Tom Charles.
Third to cross the line was Andrius Jaksevicius of Lithuania in a time of 2:24:28
Men’s top 3 finishers
1 Pat Martin 2:22:37
2 Tom Charles 2:23:55
3 Andrius Jaksevicius 2:24:28
Congratulations to our first place finisher Patrick Martin, well done!! pic.twitter.com/1fNDypwKAe
— Manchester Marathon (@Marathon_Mcr) April 2, 2017
In the women’s race, 2015 winner Georgie Bruinvels ran an excellent race to regain her crown. She crossed the line in a time of 2:37:03, improving on her 2015 winning time.
Amazingly her 2015 victory in Manchester was her first attempt at the distance.
Bruinvels finished over eight minutes ahead of her closet challenger Charlotte Firth. The Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow runner crossed the line in 2:45:28.
In third place was St Helen Sutton runner Gemma Connolly in 2:46:43.
Women’s top 3 finishers
1 Georgie Bruinvels 2:37:03
2 Charlotte Firth 2:45:28
3 Gemma Connolly 2:46:43
Full results can be found here >>