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  • May 26, 2017

Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester given the go ahead

Following consultation with the Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council, the Great Run Company can confirm that the Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester will go ahead as planned on Friday evening.

Events will take place on the evening of Friday 26 May on the purpose built sprint track on Deansgate and in a pop-up athletics arena in Albert Square in the heart of the city. 

A full security review is being undertaken with Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council and additional measures will be in place for all events.

Manchester City Council's Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: 

“We know that thousands of Mancunians have been looking forward to taking part, or cheering the athletes on, so I am pleased and proud to confirm that these fantastic events will be held as planned this weekend.

"Manchester is a truly resilient city and we look forward to successfully hosting these great sporting events, with the support of Greater Manchester Police."

Jonathan Moore, City Executive for Manchester at Arcadis, the title sponsor of this year’s event, said: 

“Following the events earlier this week, our thoughts and prayers remain with those who have been affected by the attack. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Manchester City Council and the wider community in these difficult times.

“The Arcadis Great CityGames will show the world what a resilient city Manchester really is.”

Since its inception in 2009, the live, city-centre athletics event has become a headline date in the city's calendar, bringing some of the biggest names in international sport to the city including Olympic heroes Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford.

The event forms part of a weekend of sport, which will culminate with the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k and half marathons on Sunday.

The Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester is completely free to spectate, taking athletics out of the stadium and on to the streets it will give thousands of spectators the opportunity to experience the sport from a unique perspective, while showcasing the best of Manchester on a live 90-minute programme on BBC Two and BBC Two HD from 6pm until 7.30pm.

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