26 MAR 2010 General News Manchester, UK

Ennis, Gay and Ohuruogu to take to the streets in Manchester

Jessica Ennis of Great Britain leads the field in the 60m Hurdles Pentathlon (Getty Images)Jessica Ennis of Great Britain leads the field in the 60m Hurdles Pentathlon (Getty Images) © Copyright
Double World champion Jessica Ennis, former Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu and American star Tyson Gay will take part in this year's Great CityGames in Manchester.

Ennis, who recently added the World Indoor pentathlon title to her Heptathlon gold in Berlin last year, will follow in the footsteps of Usain Bolt and compete over 150m on a specially erected track in the city's Deansgate on 16 May. That same day, the GreatCity Games will host the BUPA Great Manchester Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Bolt set a world best of 14.35 seconds over the rarely-run 150m distance last year despite poor conditions, while Ennis will use the event as part of her preparations for her first Heptathlon of the year at the end of May when she returns to the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis, Austria.

:A flat-out 150m against world-class opposition will be a perfect preparation for Jessica and I know she intends giving it everything on the streets of Manchester," said Andy Caine, elite athletes manager for the meeting.

"She is the first big name to commit herself to the 150m and I can confirm we have still to add another couple of top athletes to the field."

Ohuruogu and Gay have yet to decide over which distance to compete, with men's races over 100m, 150m, 200m, 110m Hurdles and 200m Hurdles. The women's programme has races over 100m, 150m, 200m and 100m Hurdles.

Gay, the second fastest man ever over 100m, said: "I'm really looking forward to coming to Manchester for the Great CityGames. Taking athletics out of the stadium and on to the streets is an idea that has caught people's imagination, including mine."

Phil Casey (PA Sport) for the IAAF