Around 32,000 runners took on the Adidas Manchester Marathon when it returned to the region on Sunday (April 14).

The 26.2-mile route started in Old Trafford and took in almost all of the borough from north to south and the city centre.

The 32,000 runners, who raised millions of pounds for their chosen charities, ranged from Rugby League legend Kevin Sinfield and Olympian Dame Laura Kenny to six men in a caterpillar costume who set a world record for the fastest marathon in a six-person costume.

They crossed the line a minute and a half ahead of Christian Howett who set a world record for the fastest marathon in Crocs.

The winners were Adam Clarke (02:16:29) in the men's event, Charlie Arnell (02:37:14) in the women's event and Bret Crossley (1:50:35) in the wheelchair event, with all of the above witnessed by more than 120,000 spectators.

Messenger Newspapers: The Manchester Marathon

Andrew Smith, the chief executive of Adidas Manchester Marathon organisers Human Race, said: "Seeing so many people participate in this year's event in the stunning surrounds of Greater Manchester was incredible.

"The event is the highlight of our year and it wouldn't be one of the most recognisable running events in the world without our incredible participants and volunteers who never fail to make this event feel special. 

"We are thrilled to have made substantial contributions to several charities as well as the Trafford Active Fund and our Green Runner charity, City of Trees, in support of everyone's outstanding fundraising efforts. 

"These donations will have a lasting effect on the local community and everyone should be proud."

Messenger Newspapers: The Manchester Marathon

There were changes to this year's Adidas Manchester Marathon including the introduction of a new mascot, Chester the Bee, who is the partner of the old mascot, Manny the Bee, in celebration of the Greater Manchester LGBTQIA+ community.

The finishers' medals have had a facelift and the finishers' t-shirts have been designed by the artist Meha Hindocha to include some of the sights along the 26.2 mile route.

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