Manchester

Thousands take part in Greater Manchester Marathon

Runners in the Greater Manchester Marathon
Image caption About 8,000 runners took part in the Greater Manchester Marathon

Thousands of people have taken part in the first marathon to be held in Greater Manchester in a decade.

Eight thousand runners registered for the event but it is thought only about 4,500 set off from Longford Park in Stretford at about 09:00 BST.

The 26.2-mile (42km) route took them out to Dunham Massey in Altrincham before returning to the park.

Several roads were closed for the event, which took place in heavy rain and windy conditions.

The city's last marathon was held in 2002, before it was superseded by the 10km Great Manchester Run, which began in 2003, as the city's major running event.

The event was staged by Altrincham-based sports management company Xtra Mile Events in conjunction with Trafford Council.

Organisers hope the new marathon will have raised £1m for charities including partners The Christie and Henshaw's Society for Blind People.

Tram operator Metrolink closed the Bury line for the day, as part of its ongoing development and improvement plan but had advised racegoers that replacement buses would be in place.

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