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There is an intriguing competition emerging in the forthcoming Manchester Half Marathon

There is an intriguing competition emerging in the forthcoming Manchester Half Marathon, as the event has already attracted two of the UK’s top male runners, as well as what is set to be a fierce wheelchair race. These athletes will be vying for the winning titles on Sunday 14th October.

Manchester Half Marathon 2017 winner Luke Traynor is returning to defend his title after his record breaking 64 minute 7 second run, on his debut half marathon race. Since then he has clocked 61 minutes and 55 seconds at the Barcelona Half Marathon in February, so a huge new record could be on the cards. The run in Spain took him to third fastest in history on the all-time Scottish rankings. The Giffnock North athlete is anticipating another successful trip down the M6 from his Glasgow base.

Traynor said: “I am really excited to be going back to compete in the Manchester Half Marathon. Last year was my first ever half marathon and it was a brilliant experience. It’s a super flat course and the atmosphere was awesome. This year is going to be even better and faster, I hope, as I’m aiming to break my own course record. If you’re looking for a PB I’d encourage all runners to come and join me on October 14th.”

Also joining the line-up is Andy Vernon. With a very successful summer track season under his belt, after finishing 5th in the 10,000m at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, Vernon is looking forward to taking part in the Manchester event. His 2014 Half Marathon PB of 62 minutes and 46 seconds is certainly under threat given his recent strong form.