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|
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.
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|
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.