Manchester Marathon

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Take to the streets of Manchester in one of Europe's top Marathon's. Whether you're attempting a personal best or aiming to complete your first marathon, this event is suitable for runners of all abilities. The course is flat and fast and takes you through the cities streets. Come for the medal!
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Marathon - Register Your Interest
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Calendar
Sun 10th Oct 2021
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Stretford, United Kingdom
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Based on 20,000 participants

Elevation

<5m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Location
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Talbot Rd, Stretford, Manchester M16 0PX, UK
Start times
Marathon - Register Your Interest:
10:20am
Races summary
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Marathon - Register Your Interest
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26.2mi
Free
Route information
You'll take to the streets of Manchester for this marathon. The course will be along closed roads and be mostly flat.
Runners will take a route that reaches from Old Trafford and the city centre to Stretford, Sale, and Altringham before heading back up towards the finish line at Old Trafford.
There will be markers every mile and every 5k as well as 8 water stations along the route.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Event T-shirt
  • Live music and entertainment
  • DJ Performances
  • Chip-timed
  • Fully marked and marshalled
  • Water stations
  • First aid points
  • On course toilets
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Finisher's Medal
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Train
How to get there
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Talbot Rd, Stretford, Manchester M16 0PX, UK
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By Public Transport
Metrolink closest stops to the start area are Pomona, Exchange Quay and Trafford Bar (Zone 2) which are less than a 10 minute walk. The nearest stop to the finish line and event village is Old Trafford (Zone 2)
Parking
Please note that there is no official Therme Manchester Marathon car park.
There are many Park and RideExternalLink options if you are travelling by car.
Event day logistics
10:20 Marathon starts
Start Wave Times
You will be emailed your arrival time for the start access point. Please ensure to arrive in the time block that is provided in the starts email.
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' the day before the event in Manchester Central Convention Complex between 10:00 and 17:00. You will need to bring photo ID. 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 original 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.
Please note that no race packs will be available for collection on the day.
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.
Pacers
There will be a pacing team running the marathon in the following times: 3:00, 3:15, 3:29, 3:30, 3:45, 3:58, 3:59, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00. They will be easily identifible with black back packs and flags showing the time they are running. You don't have to stay with the pacer the entire run, you can speed up, slow down or follow another pacer. Click hereExternalLink to find out more about the Therme Manchester Marathon free pacing service.
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.
Relay Entry
You are able to enter the Therme Manchester Marathon as a relay group of 2 or 4. Please consider that the splits for the relays might not be exactly equal and some runners might run slightly more or less than others.
Runners will have to make their own way to their designated start points. These are accessible by Metrolink with stops under a 1k walk. Relay locations will be signposted and will have marshals to point runners in the right direction.
Runners A, B and C will collect their medal and t-shirt at the relay changeover point. Runner D will collect theirs from the main finish line.
4 Leg Relay
The runner with the 'D' bib must run the final leg of the marathon or the relay time won't be recorded.
2 Leg Relay
  • Runner A will begin the relay from the start line, at the wave time allocated to them
  • Runner B will start from De Quincey Road – Timperley Metrolink Tram stop – click here to see on mapExternalLink
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Human Race is the UK’s leading mass participation events company, putting on over 30 events each year in triathlon, cycling, running, duathlon and open water swimming. Part of Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), owners of Le Tour de France and the leader in the French running and sportive market, Human Race’s prestigious portfolio includes the Royal Windsor Triathlon, Dragon Ride, Cancer Research UK London Winter Run and the Manchester Marathon.
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FAQ's
What is the cut-off time for the Therme Manchester Marathon?
There will be a cut-off time of 6 hours after the last person has started the race, where all runners should aim to complete the marathon. There will be a sweeper bus to take people back to the event village who don't make it back before the cut-off time.
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Can you sign up for the Manchester Marathon on the day?
There will be no entry on the day.
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At what time does the Manchester Marathon start?
The race will start at 10:20
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When will I receive my race pack for the Therme Manchester Marathon?
Your race pack will be sent out to you via post to UK addresses. If it does not arrive or you are an international runner, you can pick it up from 'Pack Pick Up' the day before the event in Manchester Central Convention Complex between 10:00 and 17:00. Nothing will be collected on the day.
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Reviews
4.5
20 reviews
CrowdsIncredible crowds
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5.0
Did the Marathon - Register Your Interest 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 - Register Your Interest 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 - Register Your Interest 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 - Register Your Interest 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 - Register Your Interest 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 - Register Your Interest 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 - Register Your Interest 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 - Register Your Interest 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 - Register Your Interest 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 - Register Your Interest 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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Recent Questions
Warisha Ali
10/16/2020
How old do you have to be to enter the marathon?
Manon VT
9/14/2020
Apparently this is a super flat marathon - anyone know what the elevation gain is?
Steph Ede
9/16/2020
Not sure of the elevation gain, but it's apparently the "Uk's flattest marathon" so I reckon less than 20m or so
Antony Hughes
4/17/2019
I have a question, how has my racecheck review been published on your website?
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