The Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester returns to the city this weekend to mark the event’s tenth anniversary.
The live, city-centre athletics event has become a headline date in the city's packed sporting calendar and since its inception in 2009 has brought some of the biggest names in international sport to the city over the last decade, including Olympic heroes Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford.
The Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester will take place on the evening of Friday 18 May on the purpose-built sprint track on Deansgate and in a pop-up athletics arena in Albert Square in the heart of the city.
American sprinter Allyson Felix will return to the scene of two fantastic victories when she competes in the 150m.
The 32-year-old has held the record for fastest 150m in Manchester ever since she clocked 16.36 in 2013 – a then world best time. The 17-time world and Olympic champion was a clear winner on Deansgate and joined the illustrious band of sprinters to have recorded a super-speedy time on the pop-up track.
Felix also set the 200m CityGames record in Manchester back in 2011, recording a then-world leading time for a no-bend 200m race.
The 32-year-old Californian will return to take on the 150m event on the pop-up track on Deansgate on Friday 18 May - and will start as a clear favourite having earned the accolade as the joint most decorated female in Olympic history.
Andrew Pozzi will race against Olympic champion Aries Merritt in the 110m hurdles. The world indoor champion will be the leading British hope against Merritt, who holds the world record over the distance when he took gold at the Olympic Games in London 2012.
In 2015, the Chicago 32-year-old suffered kidney failure and underwent a transplant before making a full recovery, lining up against Pozzi in Birmingham in March.
Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines Aryeetey will take on the 150m and 100m events respectively, fresh from their gold medal won at the Commonwealth Games as part of the 4x100m relay on the Gold Coast.
Kilty added Commonwealth gold to the silver he won as part of the 4x100m team in Glasgow 2014, and also has a World Indoor Championship gold as well as two European Indoor Championship gold medals to his name.
2018 will mark the second year of a title partnership with UK superbrand Arcadis.
Jonathan Moore, of Arcadis, said: “Arcadis is proud to be making an exciting difference to our city by supporting the Great CityGames, Manchester for the second year running.
“We’re looking forward to seeing some of the nail-biting moments over the course of the afternoon as the athletes compete for their winning titles in the heart of the city.
“Events like this play such an important role in shining a global spotlight on our city and region. It’s not just part of a great weekend of sport in Manchester, but truly integral in bringing communities together and improving quality of life for residents and businesses across the region.”
The Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester is completely free to spectate, taking athletics out of the stadium and on to the streets, it will give thousands of spectators the opportunity to experience the sport from a unique perspective, while showcasing the best of Manchester on a live 90-minute programme on BBC Two and BBC Two HD from 6pm until 7.30pm.