• A man in a gecko fancy dress costume was among the competitors in the Great Manchester Run yesterday (May 16th 2010).

    The happy reptile waved at news crews as the runners set off out of Manchester city centre on the 10k course which led to Old Trafford and back via Deansgate.

    Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie was the overall winner with a time of 28 minutes and two seconds, but many of the athletes were there to raise cash for various charities, not to be the first over the finish line.

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