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By David Monti
(c) 2008 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

The BUPA Great Manchester Run boasts the fastest 10-K course in Great Britain and organizers have assembled a top-flight field of athletes to take advantage of it.  Elite athletes manager Andy Caine has invited world marathon champion, Luke Kibet of Kenya; seven-time European cross country champion, Sergey Lebid of Ukraine; and former European 10,000m champion, Chema Martinez of Spain, to lead the men's field.  The women's field is just as strong, featuring three-time European Cup medalist and defending champion Jo Pavey of Great Britain; two-time world marathon champion, Catherine Ndereba of Kenya; two-time Olympic gold medalist Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia; and road running ace Anikó Kálovics of Hungary, who finished second in Manchester last year.

The record-standard course has produced some of the fastest road 10-K's in history, including Kenyan Micah Kogo's 27:21 course record from last year, the fastest 10-K ever run on British soil.  The women's course record of 31:07 by Berhane Adere of Ethiopia set in 2006 is the #3 time ever run in Britain.

The complete elite field appears below. To read an article on the women's field. Please click below:
*Derartu Tulu Added To Next Weekend's Bupa Great Manchester Run

2008 Bupa Great Manchester Elite Women's Field  -
 1 Jo Pavey GBR
 2 Catherine Ndereba KEN
 3 Deratu Tulu ETH
 4 Kate Reed GBR
 5 Rose Cheruiyot KEN
 6 Liz Yelling GBR
 7 Nataliya Berkut UKR
 8 Bizunesh Bekele ETH
 9 Margaret Okayo KEN
10 Anikó Kálovics HUN
11 Nadia Ejaffini MOR
12 Gemma Miles GBR
13 Fatma Maroui ITA
14 Lisa  Blomme SWE
15 Myrvete Pervtica KOS
16 Michelle  Ross - Cope  GBR

2008 Bupa Great Manchester Elite Men's Field
101 Luke Kibet KEN
102 Sergey Lebid UKR
103 José Manuel Martínez ESP
104 Juan Carlos De La Ossa ESP
105 Dan Robinson GBR
106 Chris Thompson  GBR
107 Günther Weidlinger AUT
108 Mustafa Mohamed SWE
109 Tomas Abyu GBR
110 El Hassan Lahssini FRA
111 Erik  Sojkvist SWE
112 Marius Ionescu ROM
113 Mark Carroll IRE
114 Lukasz   Skoczynski POL
115 Steve Hepples GBR
116 Rrahim Mani KOS
117 Joe McCallister IRE
118 Jean-Berchmans Nydisenga  BDI
119 Moumin Geele SOM

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