Nearly 25,000 entries have been received in less than a week after places opened for the 9th staging of the Bupa Great Manchester Run, which will take place on Sunday 15th May 2011.

The run, which has become the nation’s favourite 10k running event, was launched last Tuesday and entries have been pouring in since then. There are now less than 3,000 places available before the last 10,000 places are allocated to a ballot system. David Hart, communications director of organisers Nova International, said: “Since we first staged the Bupa Great Manchester Run back in 2003, it has really caught the imagination of the public and we are again amazed at the number of early entries. “We expect to switch to a ballot at the weekend, so we would urge anyone who wants to guarantee their place to sign up now via www.greatrun.org.” The Bupa Great Manchester Run will be televised live to the nation on the BBC and highlights will be broadcast in over 60 countries across the world. The weekend programme will again feature the Bupa Great Manchester CityGames which, in the last 2 years, has featured the likes of Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay sprinting down Deansgate on a specially constructed track. Ends Editors Notes Nova International The Bupa Great Manchester Run is brought to you by a partnership between Manchester City Council and event organisers Nova International and is sponsored by Bupa. Nova International, headed by Olympic Medallist Brendan Foster is one of the UK’s leading event management and sports marketing agencies. The company’s current brand portfolio also includes some of the biggest running events in the world all based on the Bupa Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon with over 54,000 entries. Nova International was established in 1988 and has a strong sporting pedigree. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Nova has established itself as a market leader in the world of sports marketing and event management. For more information please visit www.greatrun.org. Bupa Bupa’s purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier, happier lives. A leading international healthcare provider, we offer personal and company health insurance, run care homes for older people and hospitals, and provide workplace health services, health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health coaching, and home healthcare. With no shareholders, we invest our profits to provide more and better healthcare. We are committed to making quality, patient-centred, affordable healthcare more accessible in the areas of wellness, chronic disease management and ageing. Employing over 50,000 people, Bupa has operations around the world, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and the USA, as well as Hong Kong, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, India, China and across Latin America. For more information, visit www.bupa.com


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