After such a great response last year, Race Angels are delighted to be returning in 2017 to the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 2nd April.

Race Angels are a team of enthusiastic and hugely supportive runners who will be near the end of the race to accompany any runners who need support and encouragement in the final mile or two. They are a great reassurance that the finish line is near, and will run a short distance with those who would like their help.

The Race Angels will be around mile 24 of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon.

Adrienne Hall, who set up the concept of Race Angels in autumn 2015 after being helped herself by a spectator at the end of her second marathon.

“Despite him being in his Sunday best, he ran alongside me for only a couple of minutes in order to tell me I just had to carry on a little, then I would be at the road, then I was onto the racecourse…I could have kissed him!” recalls Adrienne.

Adrienne now works with a team of 5 - 7 Angels at each race, and they support a number of events for free across the UK. All Race Angels are runners themselves, which means they are fit enough to run alongside the athletes and know exactly what it’s like to be at the end of the race needing encouragement. At Manchester this year will be Darren, Stephen, Denise, Carolyn and Sarah. Both Stephen and Denise had the pleasure of helping lots of runners at last year’s event.

Look out for their orange tops around mile 24!