Manchester Marathon

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Finisher's Medal
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Event day logistics
Saturday 2nd April
09:00 - 15:00 Race Pack Collection
Sunday 3rd April
09:00 - 10:55 Marathon starts
Start Times
Runners will be set off in staggered waves, split in 10-minute intervals, starting from 9 am, with the last group setting off at 10:55 am.
Race Packs
All race packs for UK based runners will be sent out roughly two weeks before the Therme Manchester Marathon.
If you are an international runner or your race pack does not arrive on time, you will need to pick up your race pack in person from 'Pack Pick Up'. You must collect it the day before the event from Therme Manchester Marathon between 09:00 and 15:00. Please note that you must bring a photo ID with you.
If you cannot make it to 'Pack Pick Up' yourself, you may send someone to pick it up for you, but they will need a signed note from the originally registered runner. This is not a method of transferring entries, the registered runner must still run.
On the back of your race number, you will need to fill out your emergency information. Please make sure this is done before you start the marathon.
Start and Finish Areas
The start and finish area will be exclusive to runners. Spectators will not be allowed to enter these areas. The only access to the start area is from Talbot Road.
Bag Drop
There will be a bag drop facility in the Athlete's Village behind Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
Water and Nutrition Stations
There will be 8 stations along the marathon course with water, nutrition and energy gels for runners to pick up along the way.
Cut-off Times
There will be a 6-hour cut-off time from when the last person crosses the start line. All runners should aim to finish before this cut-off, if they don't they may be forced to retire from the race or run on the pavement open to the public.
There will be a sweeper bus to take runners back to the Athlete's Village.
Headphones
Runners competing for a prize are not permitted to wear headphones during the marathon. If you aren't competing for a prize you may wear headphones, but please be aware of what's going on around you, especially support from spectators.
Age Requirements
All runners must be aged 18 or over on event day in order to participate.
Green Runner Entry
You will have the option to enter as a 'Green Runner.' This is the eco-friendly option where you forego your medal and t-shirt in favour of donating to a carbon offsetting programme.
Best Sellers Package
This entry option includes everything that you would get with an individual entry including event entry and t-shirt as well as an official training top and personalised medal insert showing your name and marathon time to make your finisher's medal even more memorable.
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Reviews
4.5
20 reviews
CrowdsIncredible crowds
LighteningPerfect for a pb
BigMedalAmazing medal
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
My first marathon and it was amazing, can't wait for 2020 and to do it all over again. Really well organised and the atmosphere was unbelievable.
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Event really well organised. Pack sent a couple of weeks in advance, with all the info you might need.On the day, it was easy to get into the starting pens and there were pacers in each pen. Lots of water stations along the route, which was REALLY flat! And the atmosphere was just great - the crowds were amazing and definitely added to the experience. I think it was the perfect option for my first marathon!
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3.0
Did the Marathon in 2017
Well organised from start to finish, but unfortunately the course is super boring and the atmosphere lacking except for at a couple of key points going around the course.
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4.7
Did the Marathon in 2019
This was my fourth year in a row running this race and I love it. Great almost flat course, good organisation and good support most of the way.
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Fabulous. Course was great atmosphere brilliant. Will do bit again in future. Well dome to the organisers og this event
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4.3
Did the Marathon in 2019
It was a great atmosphere. The warm up and commentary was inspirational and fun. My grievance with the event was the litter in particular the plastic bottles. This use of single use bottles can't continue and the event needs to address this problem.
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4.3
Did the Marathon in 2019
Fantastic day, extremely well organised.The route was well sign posted way to navigate, atmosphere was one of the best I've experienced. I would definitely join again.
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
Did this last year and loved it the atmosphere was amazing so much support its a flat race and easier of the 8 marathon's if done over the years
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4.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Manchester was my first marathon and i wasnt disappointed. I was totally buzzing the whole weekend. It was a very well organised event. I love crossing the start line to a pumping Blue Monday by New Order. The crowds were a great support. The only downside was the course was a bit dull in sections (and may be too flat!!) but the route is changing to go through the city centre next year. I really appreciated a very tasty free alcohol-free pint of beer at the end which tasted like proper booze. Good to have the start & finish cameras on You Tube so you can check how ridiculous you look later.
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Fantastic did this as my first marathon and signed up 3 weeks before, race pack arrived before the race. Pricey compared to other marathons but the crowds were fantastic Only criticism was the toilet queue prior to and it was not clear whether there were more in pens so everyone queued and first ones so 40 mins and anxiety about missing start
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