New race to launch in Manchester - Women's Running

New race to launch in Manchester

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  January 8, 2016

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Athletics legend, Steve Cram, is to launch a brand new running event, Run Like A Legend, in Manchester this spring at the iconic EventCity. A one-mile indoor race, the event will offer runners the chance to test themselves over this classic distance – a distance arguably pioneered by the former mile-world record holder Cram himself.

The event, organised by Cram’s company, Events of the North, will be supported by Nike, and will take place during the Run Expo festival in EventCity on Sunday 20 March.

Within the confines of Run Expo, the race will see hoards of runners tackle two laps of a purpose-built 800m course, with participants setting off every 15 minutes. All entrants will be chip timed and will receive a bespoke event Nike running t-shirt and goody bag, as well as free entry into Run Expo, which incorporates the Triathlon, Bike and Swim Expos. This annual festival showcases the latest sports gear and equipment on the market, with live coaching demos, seminars, celebrity guest appearances and more.

Steve Cram, who will be overseeing the event, comments:

“We’re delighted to launch Run Like A Legend in Manchester. The city is a crucible of innovation in many fields and this will be another first to add to the list.

“The mile is probably the most iconic distance in athletics and every aspiring runner wants to test themselves against it at some point. We have created Run Like A Legend to offer that opportunity to people of all experiences and abilities. Whether a budding four-minute miler or someone who wants to run the distance for the first time, this event is designed to appeal to people of all ages and abilities.

“The waves will be time graded, so participants will be able to run alongside others of a similar pace and feel the thrill of track racing with spectators up close, lining the race track. This format is brand new for the UK and it’s going to be a busy and exciting day of running.”

 during a Nike Zoom Event on June 16, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images for Nike)

Alongside the mass-participation event, there will be elite men’s and women’s races, featuring some of the UK’s best up and coming milers, alongside a junior race for younger athletes, aged seven to 15.

Fancy testing yourself over the mile? Entry is priced at £25 and £12 for the junior event. And if you’re thinking of running our WR10K Manchester race on 11 September, what better opportunity to work on your speed as part of your 10K training?

For more information and to enter the event, visit

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