Great Manchester Run 2017 airs Sun 28 May on BBC Two

Great Manchester Run 2017

Ore Oduba presents live coverage of the 2017 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run.

Conceived as a Manchester Commonwealth Games legacy event in 2003, the Great Manchester Run is now the nation’s favourite 10k road race, with over 300,000 runners having taken part since its inception.

This year, close to 30,000 entrants and tens of thousands of spectators will all be there to see an expected tight elite men’s race with a field including former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya, who won this year’s Tokyo Marathon, and Callum Hawkins, who recently set a new Scottish record over half-marathon distance.

A top-class women’s line-up is also expected, with the British challenge led by former European cross-country champion Gemma Steel.

As always, the stories of those behind the elite athletes is as compelling as the race itself and we will hear some of the wide-ranging reasons behind their participation.

A new half-marathon race will see close to 10,000 taking to the streets ahead of the 10k.

Denise Lewis and JJ Chalmers will report from the course, while Paula Radcliffe will join Steve Cram in the commentary box to provide expert analysis and views on the men’s and women’s races.

Great Manchester Run 2017 airs on Sunday 28 May 2017 from 12.00pm-2.30pm on BBC TWO.

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