Wales will be taking teams to this event.
The nation’s favourite 10k running event, the Bupa Great Manchester Run, will celebrate its tenth staging on Sunday May 20 2012 when 40,000 runners descend on the streets of the city.
First held in May 2003 as a legacy event following the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the Bupa Great Manchester Run has developed into a weekend festival of running, including Junior & Mini vents and the Great CityGames, where Deansgate is transformed into a sprint track to host the fastest runners on the planet.
In recent years, tens of thousands of spectators and a live TV audience have witnessed the worlds greatest distance runner Haile Gebrselassie win the Bupa Great Manchester Run on an unprecedented four occasions, with Britain’s Jo Pavey winning the women’s event twice.
The true measure of the quality of the Bupa Great Manchester Run can be measured by the statistic that Olympic champions Gebrselassie and Derartu Tulu plus world champions Paul Tergat, Zersenay Tadesse, Berhane Adere, Sonia O’Sullivan, Lornah Kiplagat and Vivian Cheruiyot are all past winners.
Organised by Nova International in partnership with Manchester City Council, over a quarter of a million people have entered the event since 10,000 people first took to the streets in 2003 Approximately 25,000 runners of all abilities have already entered for 2012.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and a regular participant in the event, said “I’m delighted to welcome the return of the Bupa Great Manchester Run. This is the tenth time we’ve hosted the run which gets bigger and better every year.
"The run has firmly established itself as the biggest 10K in the country attracting both top names from the world of athletics and tens of thousands of enthusiastic amateur runners raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.
"Next year's run is of course in Olympic Year and I hope this will inspire even more people to pull on their trainers and get running."
Since the first Great Manchester Run, an estimated £22 million has been raised for a host of charitable causes, including the Christie, the Lord Mayors official charity for the last 2 years, who have seen over a million pounds raised by runners.
Ever present at the event has been Kirsty Howard, who, with her team of supporters, has raised several hundred thousand pounds for the Kirsty Appeal and latterly the Kirsty Club. Given just weeks to live at the age of four, she has defied all odds and celebrated her 16th birthday in September this year.
The remaining entries for 2012, which include the Bupa Junior & Mini Great Manchester Runs are available on a first come, first served basis at www.greatrun.org/manchester