The Manchester Mile is a 1 mile race on the athletics track at Sportcity with electronic timing and photo-finish. It is open to all abilities as each heat is seeded, and everyone who takes part receives a Commemorative training t-shirt.
It was the return of The Manchester Mile Trophy in 2013 that prompted David Gregory, Secretary of Manchester Harriers, to think that the Club should reintroduce The Manchester Mile and put this magnificent Trophy back in use. First won by the legendary Sydney Wooderson of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers in 1943, it was last won by Frank Evans in 1952. It would have been a fantastic event in ’43 watching the diminutive Wooderson with his long stride and deadly sprint competing in The Manchester Mile. He had set a world mile record of 4.06.4 in a handicap race at Motspur Park in 1937 going on to break two world records in one race in 1938 clocking 1:48.4 for 800m and 1:49.2 for 880 yards. Frank Evans’ win in 1952 was his third in consecutive years. His win in 4:13.1 was a race record. Having won the event three times he got to keep the Trophy
Frank’s widow returned it to Manchester Harriers and the revival plans started to take shape. Then came the sad news of David Coleman’s death in December prompting further action to get the event organised as David had won The Manchester Mile in 1949, the only non-international runner to do so. As a member of Manchester AC, David competed in the National Cross Country Championships in 1952 and 1953. Coincidentally, both he and Sydney Wooderson died on the 21st December – Wooderson in 2006 and Coleman in 2013.
Results and photos