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Crowds turn out for Greater Manchester Marathon

Thousands of people took over the streets of Manchester today for the Greater Manchester Marathon.

It was the perfect weather for the 26-mile race which started near Old Trafford.


'Miracle' marathon man

He's a man who could rival Sir Alex Ferguson's endurance. Tomorrow morning, Phil Ecclestone from Bolton will run a marathon.

He'll do the same on Saturday, and Sunday and again for the next ten days.

It's all the more remarkable considering Phil was unable to walk through injury just twelve months ago. Paul Crone's been to meet him.

Greater Manchester marathon

Route Credit: Map my run

Thousands of runners will gather at Old Trafford for the Greater Manchester Marathon.

The event will see over 7000 runners taking to the streets hoping to raise well over £1million for charity.

A 26 second silence followed by a 26 second applause will be held before the race in memory of those who lost their lives in the Boston marathon bombing.

There will be a number of road closures around Trafford though see them all here.


Liverpool half marathon

The 2013 Liverpool half marathon takes place in the city today. It's the biggest one since the event began in 1994 with 8400 people will running the 13.1 mile course.

Furthest travelled participants are from Brazil, Canada and New Zealand.Most European countries are also represented.

Local life-long Wirral runner Eddie Mountford who is now 90 years of age is starting the race.

Eddie is now unable to run due to health reasons and the Half Marathon Committee thought it would be very fitting to have him start the race after a long and distinguished career as an amateur runner.

The run starts at 9am see the route here.