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Kick off at Old Trafford Stadium
Is it time to put on your trainers or your football boots? The Greater Manchester Marathon is back and even better than ever. Based on feedback from last year's runners, they have improved the twenty-six mile course. After a ten year absence the start/finishing point has returned to its old stomping grounds: Old Trafford Stadium. Football fans will be waved off by their favourite entertainment venue, and welcomed back on return.
Manchester's Marathon Race Village only has 55mm gain, making it the flattest course in the country. And since the roads will all be closed, you will be able to run in peace in a traffic free zone, making it the perfect marathon for beginners.
More seasoned runners might be interested in running with a Pace Team. These are experienced runners who will travel at a specific pace to help you keep track of your target time.
If you would like to raise money for charity, maybe you should think about signing up for the Relay Team Challenge. With the course split into four sections, you'll save yourself some breath as you only have to run a quarter of the course. More importantly, any money you raise will go to Virgin Money Giving.
The Greater Manchester Marathon 2013 takes place on the 28th April, but that doesn't mean yo can just show up on the day and expect to be ready to race. Preparation is key, not only to achieve the best results, but to make sure your body and cope with the physical demands required. If you require any help in training, there will be specially led training runs at 11am on the 3rd, 17th, and 31st March. Each run will increase in length, to build up your strength and endurance levels.
If you are interested in taking part, registration costs between £47.50-£49.50 or £120 for a team.