Manchester Marathon 2017 Results: Patrick Martin, Georgie Bruinvels Take 1st

Stuart Newman@@StuNewmanSportFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Runners pass Buckingham Palace during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Hubbard/Getty Images)
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Patrick Martin reigned supreme in Sunday’s Greater Manchester Marathon, winning the 26.2-mile race with a superb time of two hours, 22 minutes and 36 seconds. 

The Stockport Harriers runner crossed the line ahead of Tom Charles and later Lithuanian Andrius Jaksevicius to win the big race at the very first time of asking.

Sunday’s race was Martin’s first-ever marathon on the big stage, and the Manchester crowd gave him an appropriate ovation as he jogged the last few yards, as per Manchester Marathon:

Here’s a look at the full results from the men’s category in Manchester:

Greater Manchester Marathon 2017 Results
Pos.RunnerTime
1Patrick Martin2:22:37
2Tom Charles2:23:55
3Andrius Jaksevicius2:24:28
4Will Mackay2:26:00
5Tom Aldred2:27:08
6Gareth Lowe2:27:26
7Lloyd Biddell2:27:59
8Ian Williams2:28:29
9Martin Swensson2:29:27
10John Sharp2:30:11
Manchester Marathon

Martin started the race in fine fettle and found his way to the front of the pack, which was getting very congested.

Charles, Jaksevicius, Ian Williams and Will Mackay were all keeping pace with the eventual champion as they crossed the halfway point in one hour, 11 minutes and 25 seconds.

However, it wasn’t long before Martin decided it was time for him to surge toward the finish line, and with six miles to go, he made his move.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24:  Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia starts alongside Charlotte Purdue of Great Britain during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Stephen Pond/Getty Images

From then on there was just no catching him, and he crossed the line over a minute ahead of nearest competitor Charles.

Following the race, the marathon debutant Martin stayed cool when asked about his day, saying “It’s nice to get the first marathon out of the way,” per Manchester Evening News.

In the women’s category, Great Britain runner Georgie Bruinvels took home the gold medal courtesy of an excellent time of two hours, 37 minutes and three seconds—via Manchester Marathon:

Bruinvels won the Greater Manchester Marathon back in 2015 when making her debut at the distance and repeated her excellent performance from that day.

Charlotte Firth crossed the line eight minutes later to take second place, before Jennifer Wetton completed the podium lineup, as we see below:

Greater Manchester Marathon Women's Results
Pos.RunnerTime
1Georgie Bruinvels2:37:03
2Charlotte Firth2:45:28
3Jennifer Wetton2:47:55
4Faye Banks2:51:13
5Zoe McLennan2:51:36
6Marta Bagnati2:53:25
7Helen Waugh2:54:36
8Asian Zmyslona2:55:43
9Diane Moore2:55:43
10Fee Maycock2:56:21
Manchester Marathon

The Greater Manchester Marathon is about more than just the elite runners, with members of the community, volunteers and runners of all abilities coming together on the city streets.

The day very much belonged to Martin and Bruinvels, who will now look to kick on and continue their success over the course of the year.

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