Hellen Obiri, Peres Jepchirchir and Calli Thackery at the Great Manchester Run 2023
Hellen Obiri, Peres Jepchirchir and Calli Thackery at the Great Manchester Run 2023

MANCHESTER (May 21) – Hellen Obiri showcased her exceptional talent once again as she secured victory in the women’s race at the AJ Bell Great Manchester Run for the second consecutive year. The Kenyan athlete broke away from the pack early on and maintained her dominance throughout the event, crossing the finish line with a solid time of 31:14.

Obiri’s quick return to the road comes as a surprise, considering her recent triumph at the Boston Marathon just last month. Despite falling short of her personal best time of 30:15 set in 2022, she exuded composure and control throughout the race, displaying her status as a two-time 5000m world champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist.

Peres Jepchirchir, the Tokyo 2021 Olympic marathon champion from Kenya, claimed second place with a respectable time of 31:59. Great Britain’s Calli Thackery rounded out the top three, finishing the race in 32:51.

Italian Eyob Faniel Emerges Victorious in Men’s Race

In the men’s race at the AJ Bell Great Manchester Run 2023, Eyob Faniel, representing Italy, emerged as the winner after a hard-fought battle. Faniel held off a late charge from Marc Scott and crossed the finish line, breaking the tape with a time of 28:27.

Securing the second position, was Scott, who completed the race in 28:31. Stewart McSweyn from Great Britain secured the third spot, finishing with a time of 28:35.

Track legend Sir Mo Farah finished the race in eighth place in 29:11. Farah will end his career at Great North Run in September.

Congratulations to our top 3 men’s finishers from today’s event! 👏👏
Top 3 #GreatManchesterRun Womens 10K
🥇Eyob Faniel – 28:27
🥈Marc Scott – 28:31
🥉Stewart McSweyn – 28:35

Top 3 AJ Bell #GreatManchesterRun Womens 10K
🥇Hellen Obiri – 31:14
🥈Peres Jepchirchir – 31:59
🥉Calli Thackery – 32:51

Top 3 Men’s Wheelchair
🥇Sean Frame – 21:53
🥈Johnboy Smith – 22:09
🥉Rafael Botello Jimenez – 23:56

Top 3 Women’s Wheelchair
🥇Jade Hall – 26:27
🥈Joanna Robertson – 31:14

Top 20 Men’s Results

  1. Eyob Faniel – 28:27
  2. Marc Scott – 28:31
  3. Stewart McSweyn – 28:35
  4. Jack Rayner – 28:41
  5. Reid Buchanan – 28:44
  6. Adam Nowicki – 29:01
  7. Omar Ahmed – 29:03
  8. Mo Farah – 29:11
  9. David Nilsson – 29:12
  10. Jonny Mellor – 29:15
  11. Victor Kiplangat – 29:19
  12. Calum Johnson – 29:41
  13. Linton Taylor – 29:41
  14. Gaku Hoshi – 29:50
  15. Jamie Crowe – 30:11
  16. Artur Olejarz – 30:15
  17. Lahsene Bouchikhi – 30:19
  18. Kadar Omar – 30:22
  19. Derek Hawkins – 30:24
  20. Victor Urquhart Smangs – 30:26

Top 20 Women’s Results

  1. Hellen Obiri – 31:14
  2. Peres Jepchirchir – 31:59
  3. Calli Thackery – 32:51
  4. Stephanie Twell – 32:54
  5. Rose Harvey – 32:59
  6. Julia van Velthoven – 33:25
  7. Natasha Cockram – 33:49
  8. Sarah Lahti – 33:51
  9. Solange Jesus – 34:09
  10. Rachael Franklin – 34:25
  11. Lily Partridge – 34:35
  12. Rachel Hodgkinson – 34:38
  13. Jill Holterman – 34:45
  14. Monika Jackiewicz – 35:11
  15. Chelsea Baker – 35:39
  16. Danielle Hodgkinson – 35:46
  17. Kirsty Longley – 36:02
  18. Hannah Robinson – 36:07
  19. Vicky Wright – 36:17
  20. Chloe Dooley – 36:18

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