MediaCityUK and the Imperial War Museum North will feature on the 2022 Great Manchester Run route on the 22nd May.
The run will be attended by some of the nation’s biggest stars, including a 14-time Olympic medallist and the most decorated British track athlete of all time, Mo Farah.
Farah was last featured in the race in 2018 when he won the race in a time of 28 minutes 27 seconds. This year he will be competing with fellow GB track athlete Andy Butchart who won the race in 2021.
The half marathon run will pass through much of Manchester, beginning and ending in Deansgate via the Etihad Stadium and Salford, totalling a staggering 21km.
Participants can choose to apply for the half marathon or a 10k run route, with the 10k route going straight through Salford and skipping the Etihad Stadium leg of the half marathon route.
Oli O’Connell is running the half marathon to raise money for Manchester Children’s Hospital, a cause that is close to his heart having been treated there for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2008. When asked why he chose to run the race Oli said, “I got into running a lot during the first lockdown and have continued it, so thought it was a good challenge and excuse to carry on getting fitter.
“I am running for Manchester’s Children Hospital because they treated me in 2008 when I was 10, it was a huge stage of my life and I thought it was a good moment to try and give back.
“I’ve raised over £1,000 so far and given the current political and economic climate I think everyone should try and play their part.”
The 21km half marathon is no easy feat and competitors have been training for months in preparation for the 22nd May. While many of the runners will be aiming for an impressive finish time, many will take immense pride in simply finishing the race.
Despite this, Oli O’Connell says that he has no worries about finishing, “training is going pretty well, I’ve managed to run the distance (21km) and I’m still getting fitter so I’ve no fears about finishing. It’s just a case of ticking over now and not trying to start too fast on the day.
“I live in Liverpool and also split my time living in Belgium. I lived in Manchester for a year in 2019 and also raising money for MCH it just made sense to do the Manchester Half.”
You can donate to Oli’s cause and Manchester Children’s Hospital on Oli’s JustGiving page which can be found here.
Further details on the run including how you can sign up yourself can be found here.