The sun shone on Manchester today as thousands of runners, supporters and spectators came out to celebrate 20 years of the AJ Bell Great Manchester Run.

Thousands of amateur runners, including Manchester legend, Peter Hook, the co-founder of the rock bands Joy Division and New Order, took part in the run and embarked on their own 10K challenges.

Coronation Street stars also took part in the fundraising efforts with Peter Ash, who played Paul Foreman, running for MND, and Channique Sterling-Brown, who played Dee-Dee, running for a local Manchester Community Centre.

Samia Longchambon, who plays Maria Connor joined in the efforts with her Dancing on Ice professional husband, Sylvain Longchambon for East Cheshire Hospice.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, was also on the start line, running for Coffee4Craig.

Chief Executive of the Great Run Company, Paul Foster said, “It’s been an incredible day at the AJ Bell Great Manchester Run. With thousands turning out to run, raise, volunteer and support.

“We’d like to thank our partners, Manchester City Council, and the people of the city who have as always made it a day to remember.”

Sir Mo Farah, came eighth in his penultimate race against a competitive men’s elite field that saw Italy’s Eyob Faniel take the top spot in 28:27.

Farah, who plans to retire in September, said: “The atmosphere today was amazing and the support all throughout the course was incredible.

“This is what I will miss, people coming together, running for loved ones. Manchester is incredible there are so many people taking part and giving you that support."

In the women’s race, Kenyan Hellen Obiri was first over the line for the second consecutive year in a time of 31:14, her compatriot Peres Jepchirchir finished second in 31:59 and British runner Calli Thackery third in 32:51.

Sean Frame won the elite wheelchair race in 21:52 while Jade Hall was the first woman over the line in 26:27.

Charlie Musson Brand and PR Director at AJ Bell said, “The Great Manchester Run is an iconic event and the 20th edition has really showcased the city’s vibrant atmosphere and landmarks.

“Thousands of runners of all abilities have challenged themselves and raised money for amazing causes. Congratulations to everyone who took part, including AJ Bell staff and customers and of course Sir Mo Farah, on his final appearance in this special race.”