City of Norwich runner Danni Nimmock wins Greater Manchester marathon

Dani Nimmock crosses the finish line in Manchester. Picture:

Dani Nimmock crosses the finish line in Manchester. Picture: - Credit: Archant

City of Norwich athlete Dani Nimmock has won the first big city marathon of the season.

Nimmock triumphed at Sunday's Greater Manchester Marathon, in a personal best time of two hours, 38 minutes and 24 seconds.

Garscube Harriers' Katie White made a fast start in the women's race and had an 11-second lead at the 10km mark.

But Nimmock impressively made up the ground by the halfway point.

Nimmock, who ran 1:14:13 at The Big Half in London last month, took control in the second half and crossed the line to win by almost three minutes.

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After the race she tweeted: 'Running through this tape was a moment I'll never forget! Winning in a 10min PB is definitely a giant leap forward for me.'

It certainly was a big PB for the Norwich runner, who sliced nearly 10 minutes from her time at the Frankfurt marathon in 2016.

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Finishing second was White in a personal best of 2:41:15, with Wakefield Harriers Julie Briscoe third, running a time of 2:41:35.

It caps a stunning month for Nimmock, who has just received her first senior international selection, for England in the Lillebaelt Half Marathon in Denmark on May 5.

Her effort at The Big Half was followed by a scorching Gorleston Cliffs 5km Park Run in which she posted a time of 16:46, the fastest time recorded on the day, in the UK, by a lady.

Trained by her husband, Mark, Nimmock's CV includes the 2007 English Schools Senior Girls 3,000m title and in 2008 she travelled to Dusseldorf where she represented England in an Under 23 Cross Country International.

The annual ASICS Greater Manchester attracted tens of thousands of runners and spectators to the streets of Trafford.

More than 10,000 runners took part, with first time UK marathon competitor and pre-race favourite Shadrack Tanui from Kenya living up to expectations, winning the men's race in a time of 2:21:17 and finishing almost four minutes ahead of nearest challenger Ben Johnson in 2:25:03.

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