AJ Bell Great Manchester Run 2023

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AJ Bell Great Manchester Run 2023
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Celebrate all that is great about Manchester in this annual must do event. Choose from a Half Marathon or 10k course starting and finishing in the vibrant Manchester City Centre. This event will suit runners of all abilities as you are spurred on by multiple on course music zones pumping out Manchester anthems and the buzz of local supporters lining the streets. Come for an atmosphere to remember. Brought to you by the people behind the Great North Run, the world's biggest half marathon and streamed live on BBC.
Half Marathon, 10k, Junior - Sunday, and 1 more
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Sun 21st May 2023
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Portland St, Manchester M1 3LF, UK
Start times
Sun 21st May 2023
Half Marathon:
Junior - Sunday:
9:25am |
Mini - Sunday :
Event summary
Here are the distances available for AJ Bell Great Manchester Run 2023
Half Marathon
Junior - Sunday
Mini - Sunday
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, and the Hits Radio Motivation zone, there's plenty to enjoy along the way.
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 the day before 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
  • Bespoke finisher's medal
  • Exclusive finisher's t-shirt
  • Finisher's goodie bag
  • Live on the BBC
  • Free training plan
  • Unrivalled oncourse music entertainment zones to keep you motivated
  • Incredible crowd support
  • Access to local Runner Reward offers
  • Pre-race training advice and motivation
  • Access to the free Great Run app to allow your loved ones to track your progress along the route as well as access to all event information
  • Oncourse hydration stations
  • Post event finisher village with activations and giveaways
  • Chip-timed results
  • Closed roads
  • Marked and marshalled route
  • Full medical support
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.
Event day logistics
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.
Junior & Mini
The Junior and Mini event will open for entries closer to the event date.
Age Requirements
Great Manchester Run entries are open to runners aged 15 & over for the 10k and, and 17 & over for the Half Marathon.
The Junior Race for children aged 9 - 15. The Mini race is for children aged 3 - 8. Mini entrants must run with a parent.
Race Packs
Race numbers will be included in your race pack which will be sent to entrants approximately 2 weeks before the event. This will include your timing chip, wave colour, arrival time, and approximate start time.
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.
Bag Drop
A self-service bag drop will be available for all runners on event day. 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. There will be security staff present but the organisers cannot accept any responsibility for lost/stolen items.
Live Photos
Your official race photos from the run will go LIVE the moment you pass a MarathonPhotos.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 will be published hereExternalLink after the event.
515 reviews
Did the race in 2023
Tedious course out to the Man City stadium then to the Man U stadium and backVery little support along the way out to both stadiums And ont the way back from the Man U one, plenty of support but for the 10k elites It was however exciting to see Mo Farrah on the other side of the road running in the opposite direction Disappointing that the small shirts had run out by the time I finished too
Did the race in 2022
Loved it, my favourite event I have ever done. The only issue was the narrow part of the course near the Etihad with runners in both directions.
Did the race in 2022
This was my first time doing the Great Manchester Run and thoroughly enjoyed it
Did the race in 2022
don't think there was a warm up for my wave. I was there ages beforehand so definitely didnt miss is. if the previous wave warm up was supposed to be for both then it wasnt clear and theres no way we could hear or see it from where we were standing.
Did the race in 2022
Had a great time, just make sure to pace yourself!
Did the race in 2022
Fantastic experience again of running with so many which makes all the solo running / training so much more worthwhile and purposeful. Icing on the cake of running!
Did the race in 2022
This is a great city-centre half marathon route. As well as taking in the two big football grounds of Manchester City and United, the route also proceeds along the elevated inner motorway which gives great views over the city. The finish is on the well known Deansgate - a canyon-like street in the centre.
Did the race in 2022
Please show the total number of participants in the results. It is better to announce that there will be pacers for the event
Did the race in 2022
Wish there was just a few more bands along the way
Did the race in 2022
This was my second time I love it and have book for next year
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