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Great Manchester Run

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Make your way to Manchester for this annual Half Marathon and 10k. 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 an atmosphere to remember.

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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.

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Half Marathon
Sun 26th Sep 2021

Run 13.1mi

10k
Sun 26th Sep 2021

Run 10km

2.5k - Junior
Sun 26th Sep 2021

Run 2.5km

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4.8
48 reviews
CrowdsIncredible crowds
ThumbsUpWell organized
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
Donna F
Star
5.0
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 … read more
Sheila
Star
5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
First time doing this race very well organised lots of support. Raised £300 for The British Heart Foundation … read more
Neeta M
Star
4.7
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. … read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Do I need to register on the day for the Great Manchester Run?
No, you do not need to register on the day. Please make sure you read all the information you receive in your Race Pack.… read more
FAQ
When will I receive my race pack for the Great Manchester Run?
Your race pack will be sent out in the post approximately 2 weeks before the event, it will include your race number and your timing chip.… read more
FAQ
Can I wear headphones during the Great Manchester Run?
You can, yes. The organiser asks that music is on a low volume so that you are aware of things happening around you and please pay attention to instructions from marshals on the day.… read more
Route description
Route description

Manchester’s favourite Half Marathon and 10k will take runners of all abilities on a wonderful tour of the city.

The Half Marathon 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 10k takes in all those amazing sights as well, apart from the Etihad Stadium.

Some iconic streets in the middle of Manchester will be closed off to vehicles for one day only, allowing participants a safe, unique running experience through the city. And with the action all televised on the BBC each year, this is an event like no other.

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 spectators shouting your name – you’ll stay motivated all the way to the finish line!

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Junior & Mini Races

Junior Race
Distance: 2.5k
Ages: 9 to 15

Mini Race
Distance: 1.5k
Ages: 3 to 8

Taking place on the same day as the Half Marathon and 10k these two races for children make this event for the whole family. There will be encouragement throughout, a medal and goodies at the finish and that finish line feeling we all know and love. These wonderful races will inspire a budding athlete in your little ones and a life long love of being active.

Children will get a medal they can show off to their friends, a t-shirt to take part in and edible treats when they cross the finish line! Not only that, there will also be spot prizes for the best fancy dress!

Adult Assistance

Children in the Mini Race must be accompanied by an adult, and each child must be registered in the race.

Adults do not have to run with children in the Junior Race, but they can if they request to if they wish.

Donna F
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5.0
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
Sheila
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
First time doing this race very well organised lots of support. Raised £300 for The British Heart Foundation
Neeta M
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4.7
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.
Tanith TJ
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Really good organisation, big crowds of supporters and music would always sign up for next year.
Rebecca W
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Such a good atmosphere various bands and music playing throughout, and loved the fact there were 2 water stations!
Lizzy A
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5.0
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
Alex R
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Amazing atmosphere as always. Helpful volunteers. Very friendly welcome from spectators and volunteers
Esther P
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5.0
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.
Louise T
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5.0
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
Louise T
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5.0
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
John H
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Rain, hail of shine, the amazing folk of Manchester come out every year to cheer you on! They pick you up at the start and carry you to the finish!
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really loved this race and hoping to return with my friends next year 👍🏻👍🏻 very well organised and great atmosphere 👏🏻👏🏻
Chris M
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Done either 10k or half marathon for 4yrs, absolutely brilliant day. Great course, friendly atmosphere and crowd support. All the volunteers around the course are amazing too, thoroughly recommend this run.
Patrick W
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Great event for Manchester both taking part and the crowds watching. Half Marathon not needed as one in October already.
Julie
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Although I've done the half marathon twice and the 10k numerous of times the only thing I say is the great runs are so expensive? And the goody bags are poor for the amount of money you can understand if the goody bag was worth it? However manchester is a fab place to race crowds are amazing support course is good
Patrick W
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Manchester comes into its own on occasions like this. The half-marathon I feel is unnecessary as half-marathon in October on Manchester. Great event great crowds.
Emma H
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Fantastic course, amazing atmosphere and very well organised. Great for beginners and experienced runners. Will be back!
David C
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
The day was just quality throughout. Everybody was immense from the warm up area through to the finish and then the events afterwards.
Seb M
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
I love this event so much that I just keep coming back every year. This year I took on the half marathon though and it was incredibly satisfying to finish in front of some of the best spectators in the world and get that finishers medal. A thoroughly deserved beer was drank after
Sophie M
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This was the perfect race for my ability and the atmosphere over the whole race was truly inspiring and motivated me to get to the finish line.
Sheila
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Was nervous but once I started running felt really well supported with people shouting out my name to encourage me. Plenty of water on hand great support all the way through the course.
Jane M
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
This event is awesome. We take part every year and whatever your fitness level, age, or reasons to take part, you are guaranteed a life-affirming experience. The day buzzes with positive energy, support and friendship and the organisation is incredible, making the whole day unforgettable.
Alan
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Well organised, good route and superb music spots throughout.I've done this race three times, love the support on the course.
June S
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The organisation of great runs is faultless, that's what makes the experience special, run this event many times, always leaves me with. a positive feeling towards the next event.
Did the 10k in 2019
Loved the event. Well organised as always and fabulous support all round the course. Would recommend it everyone.
Yvonne
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
It was a fantastic experience. Very we organised too. I was running for a charity and really enjoyed the support and camaraderie throughout! The feel good factor after the event was sky high!
Donna F
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
My first time doing this run and loved everything about it!! I had no problems and will definitely be back to do it again. Well done to all involved *****
Charlie N
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The best experience ever! Well orgamnised and just a magical day! I just wish there were a free photo of the day, maybe offer 1 free download then the option to buy others?
Karl D
Star
5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
From start to finish the event lived up to expectations! The support was unbelievable and the course was great. I will definitely be back for more!
Josh
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
I fully recommend running in a Great Run event because it is a very positive experience. The crowds are always cheering, the on-the-day instructions are easy to follow and the facilities are okay. The athlete village is great for getting a massage after, stretching down and getting a few tasters. The clock at the finish line will likely not show your official time so I'd check the results website.
Paul j
Star
5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
The experience was fantastic well organised never run before but definitely doing it in2020 again so if you are thinking about it just do it you will love it once again very well organised well done to all that make it possible
Katie B
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Fantastic, it’s my first half marathon in a city and on the road. Absolutely enjoyed it and will be entering again for 2020!! Definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of doing a half marathon.
Mary
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4.0
Did the 10k in 2019
£39 it’s lot of money for 10 kmgoody bag not good loads of useless information When I got my goody bag there’s was no medal Such rip off ,other parts of country organised by simply health they pay £28 for entry, Why Manchester so expensive
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This event is truly awesome. The city comes alive and the support along the way is so motivating that you forgot about the pain (almost)
Julian D
Star
5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Great course, a well organised event with amazing support from the spectators all around the course.
Paul
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Loved it from start to finish probably best run I've done Roll on next year Loved the route. Support was amazing
Jeff
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great course for a PBWell supported along the route with lots of cheering pointsSome iconic sights to look out for along the route
Jack
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The Great Manchester Run was my first ever half marathon and it was great fun. The pre-race organisation was very good and the route was clearly signed. A fab atmosphere and great to see so many people smiling.
Camille
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Brilliant organisation and the right combination of atmosphere and speed. There are quiet sections, mostly on dual carriageway, but these were fast and usually had a choir, a lively band or a natural gathering of supporters scattered liberally along their length. You also get to wave to faster/slower friends/family running back in the opposite direction on these "quiet" sections. I thought it was genuinely first rate, worth the journey up from London, and will be running it again next year (aiming for another PB).
Paul
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
It was my first 10k event and it was fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone and it was very well organised definitely going to do it again
Sharon
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Enjoyed the half in the morning.. Stayed to watch the 10k in the afternoon. The atmosphere and support was so much better for the 10k. Considering the distance runners had to do for the half, felt that this was disappointing and very few spectators on the course. Medal great and Tshirt lovely colour. Loved the finish atmosphere and very well organised finish 😄
Ivan
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3.7
Did the 10k in 2018
I relly enjoyed the event it was really nice and fantastic course.I was really surprised how well the organisation was because on the half of the course while we were on the bridge one other marathon took place and without us from run.Even there I was in visit manchester and was prepared for the race i finished with 44:52:53 time.I had a lovely time.THANK YOU MANCHESTER!
Vivienne
Star
4.3
Did the 10k in 2015
The course needed better access in some areas for support as some places were desolate which made the run harder. In the areas where there was support the atmosphere was great.
Wayne
Star
5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
A fantastic day out, lots of fun agreat crowd and plenty of great causes. very well organised.I will be back next year everyone was on a high I have never run in London but this must be on par with London.my advice for others is to attend even though you may not run
Deborah
Star
3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This was the 1st 1/2 Marathon I’d done since November 2012, due to injury. Even though not too much support in some areas the atmosphere on Deansgate was great. I’d definitely consider doing it again
Stuart
Star
5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
First time I've done Manchester 10k found it great experience and helpful and friendly staff and spectators. Will defo return next year.
Andrew
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
I have run all Great Manchester 10k since it started in 2002. 17 years later and I got my 10K PB this year. So 17 years of running this event and I can’t think of a single issue. T-Shirts have been a bit off some years but that’s just a minor thing. Great Course, Great Organisation, Great TV coverage, Great Support around the course ‘Boon Army, Boon Army’, Great Run. Love it! Signed up to do the Half Marathon and 10K next year. 18 years and counting!!!
Mark
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
They should spectators onto Mancunian Way. Far too many areas with no support. I’m guessing the 10k pretty much gets good support right through. Finishing area is good and nice and close to all the pubs!
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Logistics and schedule

Start Times

Your start time and wave allocation will be based on your estimated finish time when you enter. You can determine what wave you are in by looking at your race number, which you will receive in your race pack.

The background colour of the race number and letter will determine which zone runners are in. Full details of wave assembly points and start times can be found in your race pack and in the information guide which can be downloaded from the event page on the website.

Age Requirements

All runners must be 17 and older to enter the Half Marathon, and 15 and older to enter the 10k.

Race Packs

Your race pack will be sent out in the post approximately 2 weeks before the event, it will include your race number and your timing chip.

Once you have received your race pack, you must read all the information as this is important preparation and will make sure you enjoy your day.

You do not need to register on the day.

There will be Great Run Information points on the day for if you have any last minute queries.

Sweep Vehicle

There are no cut-off times but there is a sweep vehicle as the organiser is under pressure to open the closed roads.

This travels at a 17-minute mile pace. If you fall behind this vehicle you will be asked to complete the remainder of the course on the pavement.

Junior & Mini Race Age Restrictions

  • The Junior Race for children aged 9 - 15
  • The Mini race is for children aged 3 - 8

Mini entrants must run with a parent.

Spectators

Supporters will have access to the free Great Run app so your loved ones can track your progress along the route.

How to get there

Portland St, Manchester M1 3LF, UK

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Public Transport

Due to the number of participants, it is advised that you use public transport.

Manchester Oxford Road Station and Deansgate Station are both close to the event start and finish points.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Do I need to register on the day for the Great Manchester Run?
No, you do not need to register on the day. Please make sure you read all the information you receive in your Race Pack.
FAQ
When will I receive my race pack for the Great Manchester Run?
Your race pack will be sent out in the post approximately 2 weeks before the event, it will include your race number and your timing chip.
FAQ
Can I wear headphones during the Great Manchester Run?
You can, yes. The organiser asks that music is on a low volume so that you are aware of things happening around you and please pay attention to instructions from marshals on the day.
FAQ
What will my start time be at the Great Manchester Run?
Your start time and wave allocation will be based on your estimated finish time when you enter. You can determine what wave you are in by looking at your race number, which you will receive in your race pack.
FAQ
How do I view my race results for the Great Manchester Run?
To view your race results please visit www.greatrun.org/results
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Half Marathon
Sun 26th Sep 2021
10k
Sun 26th Sep 2021
2.5k - Junior
Sun 26th Sep 2021
1.5k - Mini
Sun 26th Sep 2021

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