Thousands of people came to explore the new A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road for themselves last Sunday before it opens to traffic.

The day began with over 800 runners and wheelchair racers taking to the road for the A6MARR 5k, before the road was opened up for people to come and walk, cycle and scoot along it at their leisure.

British Cycling’s ‘Let’s Ride’ activities were enjoyed by hundreds of people of all ages whilst many others managed to navigate their way around Ceracycle’s bike obstacle course.

The day culminated in a classic car parade with 189 cars spanning the last 100 years taking to the road for the event finale. The parade was enjoyed by the countless spectators who lined the road to cheer them on.

“Loved it!”, “a day of cycling heaven” and “fantastic to get a chance to see the road for myself” were just some of the many positive comments received at the event.

A selection of images from the day is available in our online gallery.

If you took part in the A6MARR 5k and would like to know your time you can find your result here.