The Great North Run first began 1981 and been continuing annually ever since with the participation of over a million people including Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah, who has won the Great run three times in a row.
Regarding the event in Manchester, Communications Manager at The Great Run Company, Kerry Simpson said that the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run was first staged as a legacy event following the Commonwealth Games, held in Manchester in 2002, and has now grown to be the largest of its kind in Europe.
Ms Simpson said: “This year the event will celebrate its 15th staging, and over this time we have met many inspiring and extraordinary people who have done some amazing things for charity.
The previous day, there will also be an event, Junior and Mini run, organised for children from 3-15 years of age in Manchester city centre in which the kids will be giving running t-shirts and medals.
As for what to expect from the event this year, Ms Simpson said:
“The 10k, Junior and Mini runs, Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester, and a brand-new half marathon will ensure that the North West once again witnesses a spectacular Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run weekend in the heart of the city”.
Are you taking part in the Great Manchester Run? Let us know what part of the run you are looking forward to in the comment section.
Tour de Manc, a non-profit brand that organises cycling events every year in support of various charities, aims to bring back the cycling culture and change the way cycling is viewed in Greater Manchester.
This year, the event is set to take place in the first week of June as for the first time a disabled ride is set on Saturday the 3rd at the Tameside closed circuit and will be followed by the main event on Sunday the 4th that will begin in Lancashire Health and Rackets Club in Middleton.
The tour was inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire when it came to the north-west a few years ago, which led co-founders, Danny Franks and Tony Rubins to create a similar tour for Manchester. In 2015, Mr. Franks, who is also the founder of SBS networks, planned the first route himself, rode it and managed to raise a thousand pounds for charity.
Last year was the first time other people registered to take part in Tour de Manc which is supported by other organisations, Greater Manchester Borough Councils, Transport for Greater Manchester and various charities.
Tour de Manc recognises the limited number of cycles in Greater Manchester and is hoping to change things and encourage people to ride bicycles more often.
Danny Franks said: “It is not just about the bike ride in June. It’s about trying to change people’s attitudes towards cycling in Greater Manchester and therefore we work with other organisations to make it more accessible to everybody and to ensure that the city becomes the number one place to cycle.”
Statistics on Cycling in Great Britain
According to the statistics released by the Department of Transport last year, the proportion of the population that cycled at least once a month in Great Britain has remained at about 15% since 2010/11 with the leading local authorities being Cambridge, Oxford and York. It also states that 20% of men cycle more than 10% of women and that in England 42% of people aged over five years old own a bike, with bicycle ownership being more prevalent amongst people under the age of seventeen.
As for cyclists killed on the road, 2015 was the lowest figure on record of which nearly half occur on rural roads because they tend to have higher average speed compared to the urban roads, however, the number of cyclists seriously injured has been increasing gradually since 2004.
The building of infrastructures such as cycle lanes and hubs have already begun and Transport for Greater Manchester is currently working with schools and colleges like Droylsden Academy and Trafford College on a project to promote cycling to students.
In most European countries, cycling has remained part of the culture and the number of people that use bicycles to get to different places is significant.
Danny Franks said: “I think in the UK after the war, motorways and road became more focused on cars and trams not really taking bike riders into consideration. However, we just need to take a different approach by making sure bikes and pedestrians are considered”.
We asked the people of around the city whether they thought people don’t cycle enough in Manchester and why.
Josh Evans, 38, a bartender from Oldham said: “I ride my bike to work since it’s not too far from my house, however, I believe people don’t cycle enough in this city because it’s much easier and requires less effort to take buses and cars”.
Sarah Wood, 29, a shop assistant from Droylsden said: “In my opinion, people definitely do not cycle enough and this might be because it’s a very big city and the distance between the where we are and where we want to go is too far on a bicycle”.
Dave Phillips, 50, a teacher from Manchester said: “I think people are just lazy, to be honest, it’s more comfortable to drive a car or take the bus. I ride my bike to almost everywhere I go which helps me save a lot of money, it’s so much better for the environment and it helps me stay fit as well”.
Click on the link below to listen Mr. Franks talk about his vision for Tour de Manc in the next 10 years.
Let us know in the comment section if you cycle and what your experience with cycling has been like in Manchester.
The non-profit event, that raises funds for charities and promotes fitness through cycling, Tour de Manc, that officially launched last year, is set to take place this summer in the first weekend of June.
Tour de Manc was inspired by a similar event called Tour de Yorkshire when it came to the north-west a couple of years ago and intends to be bigger than the previous year with the main event scheduled to take place on Sunday the 4th of June.
For the first time, in response to disabled people’s requests to take part in the rides, Tour de Manc has organised a disability ride that will take place on the 3rd with the help of organisations like Wheels for All, who have provided facilities and adapted equipment to make the rides accessible for everyone.
Co-founder of Tour de Manc, Danny Franks said: “We are doing the event on Saturday because we believe Tour de Manc should be accessible for all, there shouldn’t be disparity”.
“There are disabled people that want to take part in the event, but can’t do the 100 miles this is the reason why we made this ride available to them. It’s all about creating equal opportunities”.
Tameside Council, who have been involved in the ride since the first year are also sponsoring and supporting the event this summer and will be providing food and drinks at the first stop on the route which is at Werneth Low.
Tameside council chief executive, Steven Pleasant said that the council is happy to take part in the event as they know the impact cycling can have in making people healthier.
The disability ride will be held at the Tameside closed circuit and will begin by 10.30 am
The main event on Sunday, which is the 100-mile ride will require ticket holders to have trained for the event and to have the right nutrition although things like water, cake and fruits will be provided on the routes. The event will start at 7.30 am and it will take up to eight hours for the course to be completed.
Tour de Manc is set to be tougher than last year that was a 100km route. It will begin in the Lancashire Health and Rackets Club in Middleton and will then head towards Salford and Old Trafford and many more areas to the final stop back in Middleton.
Click below to listen to co-founder, Danny Frank, talk about the full route that will be taken in detail:
The money raised by the tour will be supporting charities such as HaTS (Haematology and Transplant Support) and Forever Manchester (which aids community causes), of which Mr. Franks is an ambassador and many others.
The Tour de Manc aims to change people’s attitudes towards cycling and getting more people to cycle in Greater Manchester as there are health benefits and it could also reduce traffic and congestion in the city.
Danny Franks said “We want Greater Manchester to become the number one place to cycle. I believe we focus a lot on cars and trams, but we should also consider riders and pedestrian in order to create a shared space”.
A cycle themed after party will be held following the ride at the Lancashire Health and Racquets club offering entertainment, hot food and drinks.