Manchester is gearing up for a great weekend of sport as Sunday 20 May sees thousands of competitors take to the streets for the Great Manchester Run and Great CityGames.
The events are certain to be unmissable and if any evidence was needed Manchester City Council is celebrating after having received a prestigious award for Manchester's Great Day of Sport 2011. The event was named Sports Participation Event of the Year at the Sport Industry Awards - which took place on 2 May.
The event saw the Great Manchester Run, Great Salford Swim and the Great CityGames all staged simultaneously on 15 May 2011. The day involved over 40,000 participants and 75,000 spectators.
The win continues Manchester's success over recent years. In 2008 Manchester was named the Best Sports City in the World at the Sports Event Management Awards, while in 2009 the city scooped the award for the best Mass Participation Event for the Bupa Great Manchester Run. In 2010 Manchester was named one of the World's Ultimate Sports Cities by SportBusiness Magazine, and was selected as the best out of cities with a population of 1m or less.
This year's Great Weekend of Sport is shaping up to be even better when Manchester hosts a selection of events that will boast world-class athletes among their participants. On the 20 May, the Bupa Great Manchester Run takes celebrates its tenth year, with Haile Gebrselassie once again taking part. The Powerade Great CityGames takes place on the same day and will see Jess Ennis compete. And only a few weeks later, on 4 June, the inaugural Great Manchester Cycle, a multi distance event - that includes a stretch on the iconic Mancunian Way - will see cyclists take to the car free streets of Manchester.
Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said "Manchester's Great Day of Sport made the city feel alive with activity, with thousands of participants and even more spectators in was a genuine spectacle. We are honoured to receive this award and it's fantastic to see the hard work everyone involved put in recognised.
"With the 2012 Olympics taking place there's certain to be a national focus on sport this year and for anyone inspired by the games Manchester has an even more impressive programme of events than last year coming up."
Dave Newton, Nova managing director, said, "Since the Commonwealth Games in 2002 Nova has worked with Manchester City Council to maximise sporting legacy through the delivery of mass participation sporting events. We're really proud to have the opportunity to work with such a supportive partner who shares our objective of creating opportunity for people of all abilities to participate in sport.
"It means a great deal to the team to have been recognised at the Sports Industry Awards, which undoubtedly set the industry standard."