Organisers of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon have confirmed that television coverage of the 2016 race will be broadcast on national television on Saturday 23rd April.
The half-hour programme will air at 6.10am on Channel4 and then at 7.10am on Channel 4 + 1 and 4 On Demand.
Filming took place under sunny skies at the most recent ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford on Sunday 10th April, which saw over 9,500 runners cross the finish line outside the iconic Emirates Old Trafford stadium. It marked the race’s 40th anniversary and was a day of sporting greatness, lively entertainment and superb charity fundraising.
The programme, presented by former English sprinter and Olympic medalist Katharine Merry, promises to re-live the exciting action of the day, from Manchester running legend Dr Ron Hill starting the race at 9am to the formidable effort of thousands of amateur and professional athletes crossing the finishing line a few hours later. In the end it was Steven Bayton who took the men’s title in 02:22:34 and Kelly Crickmore who took the women’s title in 02:48:04.
The programme was made by Dream Team Television, one of the UK’s leading production companies specialising in multisport and athletics programming, for Channel 4 and other major broadcasters throughout the UK and worldwide. It is expected to have a total reach of over one million people.
The television broadcast showcases ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in its 40th anniversary year. Known as the UK’s flattest, fastest and friendliest marathon, the race is ideal for runners of all levels including first-time marathoners, charity runners and elite athletes seeking a PB or qualifying time. It is renowned for its huge crowd and community support, and lively entertainment around the course.
The programme will also introduce the first Manchester Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 16th October 2016. It boasts the same venue as the Manchester Marathon, at Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire County Cricket Club, and another superfast flat course with great entertainment.
Race Director Simon Hill commented: “We were delighted to secure filming of the 2016 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon and are very much looking forward to seeing the programme aired on 23rd April. It is a great tribute to all those who took part and were involved, and we hope that it will inspire more athletes from the UK and further afield to join us for future events in Manchester. For those wanting to run a marathon for the first time in friendly surroundings, to professional athletes looking to secure a PB, the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon is an ideal event. Those who wish to experience all that Greater Manchester has to offer ahead of next year’s marathon can sign up for the inaugural Manchester Half Marathon in October. This promises to be a brilliant day, with all the support and entertainment that people have come to know and love in Manchester.”
Entries for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in April 2017 will be opening shortly, please visit www.greatermanchestermarathon.com for further information and to join the waiting list.