Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run

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Tickets £14–£45, Charity places available

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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

47 Reviews
  • Course
  • 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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Distances in this event

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    Tickets & Charity places available
  2. 10K

    Run 10km
    Tickets & Charity places available
  3. 2.5k - Junior

    Run 2.5km
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  4. 1.5k - Mini

    Run 1.5km
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Event details

  • Road
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Closed roads
  • Finisher’s t-shirt
  • 30000 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

Known for its buzzing atmosphere, incredible supporters and the booming anthems that rock the city's streets, experience a running event like no other. And remember, no matter how you get to the start-line and whatever your reason for running...do something to show them what you're made of.

For all athletic abilities, the great day of running will feature both the 10k and half marathon distances. The internationally renowned 10k will be staged for the 16th time, with the day also including a half marathon in the heart of the city.

The Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run is a must-do event for budding runners, give your children the chance to experience their own finish line moment as they enjoy the cheers from the crowds and the atmosphere of the Simply Great Manchester Run on Portland Street.

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

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.

Raceday Logistics

Please see below for important Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 2019 information:

Time Half Marathon & 10k Timetable

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

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

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

12:00 TV coverage begins on BBC Two

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kit List

Suitable running gear


Spectators welcome!


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.


What should be included in my race pack?

Your race pack should contain the following:

  • Race Number
  • Timing Chip to give you an accurate race time
  • If you have any questions about your race pack please email [email protected]

I haven’t received my Race Pack, what should I do?

If your race pack does not arrive please email [email protected] The team will verify your entry and give you details as to how you can collect a replacement pack on race weekend.

Competitor’s information guides can also be downloaded from the webpage of the event you have entered.

What Start Zone/Wave have I been allocated to?

Your starting time and wave allocation will depend on your estimated running time as stated on your entry form. Runners can determine what wave they have been allocated to by looking at their race number, which is sent out in the 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 Competitors Information Guide, which can be downloaded from the events webpage.

I want to run in the same Start Zone/Wave as my friend:

We cannot guarantee that all runners who estimated the same running time will be allocated in the same wave.

If you find that you have been allocated to different waves, the rule is you can move down a wave to meet your friends or family, but not up.

I am not happy with my Start Zone/Wave allocation and want to move down to a slower wave:

If you would like to run in a slower wave then you do NOT need to change your race number.

All you need to do is assemble in the later wave on race day. Great Run does not need to be notified of your change down. Unfortunately you can't move up to a faster a wave.

What do I receive when I cross the finish line?

All finishers will receive a finisher's pack as soon as they cross the finish line.

Finishers' packs are sorted by size, so please take the t-shirt size you asked for on your entry form.

How do I view my race results?

To view your race results please visit www.greatrun.org/results

Make sure the correct event is highlighted and then you can search by your Race Number or Surname.

Are there bag drop facilities?


Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run reviews (47)

4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • 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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    John H

    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!

Questions & answers

Get answers from our team or a member of our dedicated community.

What would you like to know about this event?
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    Steven S
    Hello What are the parking arrangements please?


    Steph E
    Hey there, just to let you there is no official parking for the event however, there are plenty of transport links that allow you to park nearby and travel to central Manchester where the start is. All the best!
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    Steven S
    Where is the finish please?


    Steph E
    Hey there, just to let you know the finish line is on the intersection of Great Bridgewater Street and Deansgate. All the best!