Great Manchester Run: Muamba starts race for 40,000

Fabrice Muamba
Image caption Muamba now works with Hearts & Goals

Forty thousand runners took part in the Great Manchester Run, which was started by former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba.

The 10km run, the 11th annual race in the city, is a legacy of the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Double Commonwealth Games gold medallist Moses Kipsiro won the men's race while Tirunesh Dibaba won the women's race with a new course record.

Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest in an FA cup tie in March 2012.

He recovered even though his heart stopped for 78 minutes and had to be restarted several times. Muamba now works with Hearts & Goals which aims to prevent death from sudden cardiac arrests.

Ugandan Kipsiro finished the race in 27 minutes 52 seconds ahead of Kenya's Wilson Kipsang and Haile Gebrselassie who finished third.

Ethiopia's Dibaba finished in 30 minutes 49 seconds taking 18 seconds off the women's course record set by in 2005 by fellow Ethiopian Berhane Adere.

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