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British Red Cross team gearing up for biggest ever Greater Manchester Marathon

4 April 2016

Runners in the 2008 London Marathon

150 British Red Cross staff members and volunteers from around England will attend event on Sunday, April 10

First aiders, paramedics, cycle responders, logistics and admin staff all attending event based at Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Ground

Around 12,000 runners expected to take part, making it the biggest mass participation sports event British Red Cross event first aid teams will attend this year


British Red Cross staff and volunteers from across England are gearing up to help thousands of runners in Britain’s second biggest marathon on April 10.

A huge Red Cross presence of 150 staff members and volunteers will be present at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon as runners tackle the 26 mile course, which starts and ends at Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club.

First aid crews, paramedics and cycle responders using bikes will be dotted around the course in nine different areas to offer help to anyone who needs it.

Other event first aid team members will also be stationed at the start and finish lines, running a field hospital in the ‘race village’ and providing logistics and admin support.

The locations of first aid help will be:

  • The Race Village, Lancashire County Cricket Ground
  • Just after Mile 5, Chester Road, Stretford
  • Mile 8, Broad Road, Sale
  • Mile 10, Brooklands Road, Sale
  • Mile 13, Stockport Road, Altrincham
  • Mile 17, Manor Avenue, Sale
  • Just after Mile 21, Flixton Road, Carrington
  • Just after Mile 23, Stretford Road near junction with Station Road, Urmston
  • Mile 25, Kingsway, Stretford

The event is expected to attract 12,000 runners this year – making it Britain’s second biggest marathon after London and the biggest mass participation sporting event the Red Cross will attend this year.

It will be the fourth consecutive year the British Red Cross has provided first aid at the event.

Knee injuries, dehydration, nausea and dizziness are the most common ailments team members expect to respond to – but they will also be prepared with blankets should the weather turn cold and rehydration treatments if temperatures are particularly hot.

Defibrillators will also be stationed around the course with every first aid team.

Emmanuelle Pennarun, British Red Cross service manager for event first aid in the north west of England, said: “This is one of the biggest events our first aid teams will attend this year and we have been training hard to prepare for any eventuality.

“Our first aid teams will be stationed around the course, at the finish line and in the race village, so please come and say hello if you see us.

“We wish everyone who is taking part and those coming to watch a great race – but we will be there if help is needed.” 

All Event First Aid staff members and volunteers are trained to use a defibrillator and  have a broad range of skills to treat both minor injuries and more complex and serious incidents.

Each year the British Red Cross event first aid team in the north west of England covers more 400 events.

If you are interested in volunteering with the British Red Cross event first teams in Greater Manchester or elsewhere, please contact Richard Glenhomes

Notes to editors

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts.

Our volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport. We also teach first aid skills. We are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network.

We refuse to ignore people in crisis.

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