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.
Half Marathon, 10k, 2.5k - Junior, and 1 more
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Sun 26th Sep 2021
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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The event experience

Based on 30,000 participants

Where and when
Portland St, Manchester M1 3LF, UK
Start times
Half Marathon:
8:30am |
11:30am |
2.5k - Junior:
9:25am |
1.5k - Mini:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Great Manchester Run
1.5k - Mini
2.5k - Junior
Half Marathon
Route information
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.
On-Course Entertainment
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!
With live music, local legends (including Clint Boon!), Beats Boost and Hacienda zone, the Hits Radio Motivation zone, and a brand new Thank You Mile, to thank the amazing efforts throughout the pandemic to our NHS heroes, fundraisers, teachers, supermarket workers, care home carers, sports coaches, mental health guardians, and many more.
With 24 entertainment zones for the Half Marathon, and 21 on the 10k course, you'll be rocking from start to finish.
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.
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What's included
  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Technical T-shirt
  • Finisher’s Pack
  • Chip-timed results
  • Food and drink stations
  • Closed roads
  • Marked and marshalled routes
  • Live tracking
  • Medical support at the start & finish
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Half Marathon Finisher's Medal
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10k Finisher's Medal
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10k Finisher's Medal
How to get there
Portland St, Manchester M1 3LF, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
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.
To help you find all the different areas of this event, please use the the what3words references.
Event day logistics
10:00 - 16:00 Information point opens
07:30 Information point opens
08:00 Pink Wave Half Marathon assembly
08:30 Pink Wave Half Marathon starts
09:00 Elite Wheelchair starts
09:05 Junior Run assembly
09:25 Junior Run starts
10:00 Mini Run assembly
10:20 Mini Run start
11:00 Orange Wave 10k assembly
11:15 Elite Women start
11:30 Elite Men start
11:30 Orange Wave 10k start
11:30 White Wave 10k assembly
12:00 White Wave 10k start
12:00 Green Wave 10k assembly
12:30 Green Wave 10k start
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.
It is recommended you arrive no more than an hour before your start time. This will give you time to visit the information point, drop off your bags, and use the toilets before heading to the Assembly Zone on Portland Street (access via Charlotte Street) at your allotted arrival time.
There will be a 1 way system around the event site on race day.
Race Packs
Race numbers will be included in your race pack which will be sent to entrants ahead of race day. This will include your wave colour, arrival time, and approximate start time.
Your timing chip will also be included on the back of your race number, do not remove it or cover the chip (with a jacket or bum bag etc) as this will affect your race time. The chip does not need to be returned at the end of the run.
Entrants who have their race number do not need to register on the day.
If your race pack has not arrived in the post you need to visit the information point on race day, located at Manchester Central Convention Centre. Should you need to visit the information point please enter via the Exchange Lower Foyer entrance, Windmill Street M2 3GX.
Anyone who has entered after 10am on Friday 17th September will need to collect their race pack at the information point, they will not be sent out.
Age Requirements
Great South Run entries are open to runners aged 16 & over for the 10 mile race, and 14 & over for the 5k.
Race Pack
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.
Live Broadcasting
The Great Manchester Run will be broadcast live on BBC One from 11am – 1pm.
Bag Drop
There are two bag drops at the event site. 10k runners will need to leave their bags at the baggage buses which will be at the section of Deansgate between John Dalton Street and Quay Street/Peter Street.
Half Marathon runners should leave their bags in the Manchester Central Convention Centre, in the upper foyer (near the information point).
All runners need to fill out their bag label (which is detached from their race number) and attach it to their bag before dropping it off.
This system will be self-service, and there will be security staff present but the organisers cannot accept any responsibility for lost/stolen items. To gain access to the baggage area and to collect your bag you will need to show your run number.
Toilets are available at multiple locations near the start line on Portland Street, as well as several side streets off Deansgate near to the finish line. Permanent toilets are also located near the Town Hall on Lloyd Street.
Live Photos
Your official race photos from the run will go LIVE the moment you pass a MararhonPhotos.Live photographer at points around the course.
Share your race number with family and friends and they can register to be notified as soon as your photos are online, as well as track your progress around the course.
Results can be found hereExternalLink after the event.
There will not be a warm up at this years event, however there will be plenty of space to do your own stretches.
Feed Stations
Due to COVID-19 there will not be any energy gels or bloks provided along the route. It is recommended training with energy products before the event and taking them with you around the course.
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The Great Run Company
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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Spectator Info
Supporters will have access to the free Great Run app so your loved ones can track your progress along the route.
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.
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.
Can I wear headphones during the Great Manchester Run?
Yes, headphones are permitted at the event. 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.
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.
How do I view my race results for the Great Manchester Run?
To view your race results please visit
How do I find my photos from the Great Manchester Run?
Photos and the free certificate will be available here - - however it is not guaranteed that there are photos of every runner.
Can I run in a slower wave than my allocated wave at the Great Manchester Run?
Runners who would like to run in a slower wave do not need to change their race number, just assemble in the later wave on race day. The organiser does not need to be notified about this.
Can I run with my child on race day at the Great Manchester Run?
Yes, all entrants to the Mini event are sent an adult bib in their race pack for the accompanying adult to wear. There will be a question on the entry form for Junior events which ask if you would like someone to accompany the child on race day. If yes, an Adult bib will be sent with the race pack for them to wear during the run. Adult bibs can also be collected from the Great Run information desk on race day.
How do I receive my finisher's pack for the Great Manchester Run?
All finisher's will receive their finisher's pack which will include their t-shirt and medal. The packs are organised by size so please select the size you selected on your entry form.
Are there any cut-off times for the Great Manchester?
There are no cut-off times in place however runners running the half marathon at less than a 17 minute per mile pace, or the 10k at less than a 13 minute per km pace, may be asked to move on to the footpath for the later sections of the run.
48 reviews
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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
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.
Tanith TJ
Did the 10k in 2019
Really good organisation, big crowds of supporters and music would always sign up for next year.
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!
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
Alex R
Did the 10k in 2019
Amazing atmosphere as always. Helpful volunteers. Very friendly welcome from spectators and volunteers
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.
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
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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Kathryn Lawson
Is the orange wave the slowest wave pace?
Addis Miller
Hi the event says the 26th but when i go to pay it says the 25th of sept. Which date is it?
Ellie Cookson
Hi Addis, it's on the 26th!
Steph S
Hello, are running buggies permitted?
Steph S
Can I run with my running buggy?
Emma Richardson
Can I change from the 10k to the half marathon? What do I need to do?
Steven Smith
Hello What are the parking arrangements please?
Steph Ede
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!
Steven Smith
Where is the finish please?
Steph Ede
Hey there, just to let you know the finish line is on the intersection of Great Bridgewater Street and Deansgate. All the best!

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