This summer’s four 5k runs in Wythenshawe Park, South Manchester, famously known as the Ronhill Sale Sizzlers, have a distinct Olympic atmosphere about them. Eight former Olympians spanning 10 Olympic Games and 50 years will be attending one or more of them. The runs are for all abilities with everyone welcome to take part.
Olympian marathon legend Ron Hill (Tokyo ’64 and Munich ’72), Alan Blinston (5000m Mexico ’68), Jeff Norman (Marathon Montreal ’76), Michelle Scutt (4 x 400m Moscow ’80), Susan Crehan (Marathon Seoul ’88), Diane Modahl (800m Seoul ’88, Barcelona ’92, Atlanta ’96 and Sydney ’00), Ann Griffith (1500m Barcelona ’92) and Stuart Stokes ( 3000m S/C London 2012) will attend one of more of the very popular events to encourage greater health and fitness among Manchester communities.
This year’s 5k series are expected to be the most popular ever with over 500 locals of all abilities taking part. The final event on August 15 will also incorporate the Northern 5k Road championships with many of the region’s top runners turning out.
Established in 2002 after the Manchester Commonwealth Games, and promoted by Sale Harriers, the four 5k runs for all abilities, was established with the aim of encouraging the people of Manchester to get fit and be healthier.
Race Organiser Fechin McCormick of Sale Harriers said: “It’s through events like these that we can ensure the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics lives on. Many Manchester people took part in the Gt. Manchester 10k or ran a “Race for Life” for charity but then there’s not much else left for them to take part in. These four evening runs give new runners the opportunity to get fitter and faster and be involved in sport.
“With the support of some of our greatest former Olympians I hope that the people of Manchester are inspired to take part and make again this year and make them the best yet. I encourage everyone to come along.”
The four runs are on Thursday evenings at 7.30 0n July 4th, July 18th, August 1st and August 15th. For more information and entry forms log onto www.saleharriersmanchester.com or telephone organiser Fechin Mc Cormick on 0161 972 5715