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Make your way to Manchester for the 16th annual 10k and half marathon. These races will suit runners of all abilities as you are spurred on by rock anthems and the buzz of local supporters. Come for a new PB, goodies galore and one of the most spirited events on the racing calendar.

Review summary

48 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Sheila L
"First time doing this race very well organised lots of support. Raised £300 for..."


Esther P
"This is a brilliant event. If you're normally a 5k runner and want to challenge..."


Neeta M
"Great event and local for me. Its a great day out with family. This year the..."
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How to enter the Great Manchester Run

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  2. 10K

    Run 10km
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  3. 2.5k - Junior

    Run 2.5km
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  4. 1.5k - Mini

    Run 1.5km
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Great Manchester Run routes

Manchester’s newest half marathon will take runners of all abilities on a 13.1 mile tour of the city. The route passes by two of the UK’s most iconic football grounds, the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford, as well as the Imperial War Museum and Albert Square. The Mancunian Way will also be closed off to vehicles for one day only, allowing participants a safe, unique running experience through the city. Please note there is a low speed bump on the roadway by the Etihad Stadium at approximately 4.75 miles near the turnaround point on the half marathon course. Signage will highlight this.

The course will provide you with plenty of atmosphere to keep you going… With bands on the run, charity cheer points, musical entertainment and thousands of specators shouting your name – you’ll stay motivated all the way to the finish line!

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Technical T-shirt
  • Finisher’s Pack
  • Split Timing
  • The best spectators in the world
Raceday Logistics


07:30: Information desk opens in Albert Square for pack collection and queries

09:00: Start of the Great Manchester Run Half Marathon WAVE 1

09:10: Start of the Great Manchester Run Half Marathon WAVE 2

12:00: TV coverage begins on BBC Two

12:30: Great Manchester Run 10k Elite Wheelchair start

12:32: Great Manchester Run 10k visually impaired runners' start

12:45: Great Manchester Run 10k Elite Women start

13:07: Great Manchester Run 10k Elite Men & Fast Paced Club Runners and Orange Wave start

13:25: Great Manchester Run 10k White Wave start

13:55: Great Manchester Run 10k Purple Wave start

14:00: Great Manchester Run 10k Blue Wave start

14:40: Great Manchester Run 10k Green Wave start

15:00: Great Manchester Run 10k Pink Wave start


Spectators are integral in making this event so great. Find a great vantage point along the streets and cheer on those racing.


You can become an instrumental part of this not-for-profit project that aims to improve the health of people in local communities. Our Volunteers scheme is non-committal and relies on your attendance on an occasional basis. You can get involved with whatever you feel comfortable with; marshalling, timing, meet and greet or being an event coordinator. We offer invaluable first-hand experience of sports event management, please note that training is provided where required and you must be 18 years of age or above.

If you are interested in setting up your own event or simply taking part or have any further questions then please get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible via the Great Run Local website.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is the Great Manchester Run?
The Great Manchester run offers both a 10k route and a half marathon route.
Can you walk the Great Manchester Run?
Yes! If you'd like to do so, select 'Walk' when you register and pay online. There will be walk leaders on the day.
Where does the Manchester 10k end?
The finish line of both the 10K and the Half Marathon is at the intersection of Great Bridgewater Street and Deansgate.
Are there parking facilities for the Great Manchester Run?
No, there are no official parking facilities for the Great Manchester Run.
What is the cut of time for the Half Marathon?
There is no cut off time to complete the course.

Great Manchester Run weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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IconModerate breeze possible, up to 17mph

Meet the organiser

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The Great Run Company is a United Kingdom events company specialising in the development, design, organisation and rights management of mass participation and televised sporting events. They most notably organise the Great North Run, Great South Run and Great Manchester Run annually.



Great Manchester Run reviews (48)

4.8 out of 5 stars

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    Donna F

    Did the 10K in 2019

    My first 10k and loved it! Great support all the way round 👍🏼 Medal is Fab and the T-shirt is good quality
  • Did the 10K in 2019

    First time doing this race very well organised lots of support. Raised £300 for The British Heart Foundation
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    Neeta M

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great event and local for me. Its a great day out with family. This year the half marathon was much better organised. The support was great from entertainers and public. I started doing the Great Manchester Run about 8/9 years ago doing the 10k and look forward to it every year when I can.
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    Tanith TJ

    Did the 10K in 2019

    Really good organisation, big crowds of supporters and music would always sign up for next year.
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    Rebecca W

    Did the 10K in 2019

    Such a good atmosphere various bands and music playing throughout, and loved the fact there were 2 water stations!
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    Lizzy A

    Did the 10K in 2019

    My favourite 10K! Incredible support and entertainment all around the course to keep you going. Manchester is a special city and this is always a special event
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    Alex R

    Did the 10K in 2019

    Amazing atmosphere as always. Helpful volunteers. Very friendly welcome from spectators and volunteers
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    Esther P

    Did the 10K in 2019

    This is a brilliant event. If you're normally a 5k runner and want to challenge yourself a bit further, this is the one for you. The totally amazing atmosphere and cheering crowds will get you through it. There are lots of bands and music along the course which boost the experience too. Loads of support along the course and so many people running for so many charities which makes it all the more poignant & worthwhile too.
    Lots of organisation goes into this event and it shows. The course is designed so that it passes some of the more iconic buildings and parts of Manchester. It's a great way to get to know the place!
    I can highly recommend this event every time. I have done it for the last 5 years and haven't been disappointed yet.
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    Louise T

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great for my first competitive 10k and the tracking facility was great for my friends and family to keep up with whereby was
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    Louise T

    Did the 10K in 2019

    Absolutely loved my first experience of a 10k. I raised a phenomenal amount for a charity close to my heart and have been recommending to all my friends and family. The tracking facility was particularly enjoyed by my Dad who lived to se how o was getting on xx
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