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Manchester Half Marathon

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4.1
16 reviews
CrowdsIncredible crowds
LighteningPerfect for a pb
ShoeFlatGood for beginners
Nicky
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Loved running MCR half! Although a little disappointed with no T-shirt, medal was awesome! Plenty of water & fuel stations with toilets around the course.… read more
Mark
Star
3.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Not impressed. No parking close by this year added travel time and costs. Poorly organised start pens, stood freezing for over 40 minutes waiting to start. (2hour pace pen) Course was well marked and traffic free. Very flat and ideal for a fast time. 👍.<br />Aid stations were poor, last one was running out of water when I went through. 👎👎.<br />Everyone I know measured it at 13.2 mile plus on GPS so didn’t seem accurate and frustrated a few people running on pace.<br />Finish was horrendous, I needed water, was pushed into athlete village by “security” plenty of Erdinger on offer but no obvious water. Ended up coming out of village about 1/2 mile from family, dehydrated and starting to shiver. By the time I got to family I was bordering on hypothermic and dehydrated. <br />Personally I found event staff at finish awkward and unhelpful. Security staff not runners?<br />I won’t be going back. … read more
Shaun
Star
3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
My first visit to Manchester for a race. We used park and ride and it was awesome, very easy to get to the start. Despite the weather it was a great course, very flat and perfect for a PB. The finish however was a real let down. No t shirt and the goodie bag was not great, though I did enjoy the beer. I think for the price, more could be done. Not bad, not the best though.… read more
Nicky
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Loved running MCR half! Although a little disappointed with no T-shirt, medal was awesome! Plenty of water & fuel stations with toilets around the course.
Mark
Star
3.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Not impressed. No parking close by this year added travel time and costs. Poorly organised start pens, stood freezing for over 40 minutes waiting to start. (2hour pace pen) Course was well marked and traffic free. Very flat and ideal for a fast time. 👍.<br />Aid stations were poor, last one was running out of water when I went through. 👎👎.<br />Everyone I know measured it at 13.2 mile plus on GPS so didn’t seem accurate and frustrated a few people running on pace.<br />Finish was horrendous, I needed water, was pushed into athlete village by “security” plenty of Erdinger on offer but no obvious water. Ended up coming out of village about 1/2 mile from family, dehydrated and starting to shiver. By the time I got to family I was bordering on hypothermic and dehydrated. <br />Personally I found event staff at finish awkward and unhelpful. Security staff not runners?<br />I won’t be going back.
Shaun
Star
3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
My first visit to Manchester for a race. We used park and ride and it was awesome, very easy to get to the start. Despite the weather it was a great course, very flat and perfect for a PB. The finish however was a real let down. No t shirt and the goodie bag was not great, though I did enjoy the beer. I think for the price, more could be done. Not bad, not the best though.
Andy
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really well organised. Great course for a first half marathon attempt. I’ll hopefully be back next year.
Rich
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Ice bath was great.<br />Disappointed that there was no water to hand at the end.<br />Felt light headed at the end and was just told to move out of the way!<br />Good water and gel stops
paul
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
A well organised event. Great atmosphere, fantastic crowd support and a relatively challenging course. Bring on next year.
Mark
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The organisation and event village were great, including a huge screen with a finish line live stream.<br />The volunteers were spot on promptly getting water and gels to runners and offering encouragement.<br />The only thing I found difficult, was that I like to run in barefoot shoes, and the tarmac around the course is really bumpy (stoney) which really tenderised the bottom of my feet and I looked for any tarmac which was smooth to try and take advantage of.<br />But other than that and a few unexpected gradients, it was a great event!
Harry S
Star
3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
I was surprised not to get a goodie bag or a t-shirt.... in every run I have ever done I have received a t-shirt to remember the occassion :(
Donna
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Nice flat course, perfect for your first half. Great atmosphere and very well organised. Fab medal too!
Greg
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really good course and an enjoyable event. Plenty of pace makers throughout then different waves too. Closed roads and amazing support road side.
shaun
Star
3.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Pretty poor all round to be fair, apart from the fact there was no t-shirt others things were disappointing. <br />No goodie bag was a shame with the usual things in, drink etc but the biggest issue I had was no water directly at the finish, no one should have to walk almost another kilometre after running a half marathon before getting water. It was pretty obvious that Erdinger had sponsored the event as their tents were the first you came to. <br />The last 3 miles on the new course were a disappointment as was finishing the opposite way at LCCC. <br />For the money it costs it was a major let down and one I probably won’t be doing again.
Helen
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
It was difficult to establish where to stand for the start for my bib colour / predicted time. There were bits of tape here & there that people were lifting up to walk under. The crowds were awesome - so many jelly babies & high 5’s! The marshals were professional & friendly. I was disappointed that we weren’t getting a T this year, I wear my 2018 T a lot in training & was looking forward to this years. I was glad not to have a plastic goodie bag full of stuff I wouldn’t use. I took my own drink & used that up on the course rather than taking bottles at the refreshment stations, but it took a bit to spot the water at the end - I’d had an alcohol free before I saw it & would’ve preferred the water at that point. Minor niggles that didn’t spoil my day at all. Overall a positive experience. I’ve signed up for the full marathon again, i love last years marathon T & wear it with pride, please give us one next year 😀 No need for goodie bags though. Thanks to everyone involved.
Kevin
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The staggered starting system was a good idea, but it still looked like people managed to get them themselves in the wrong pen or time bracket. The crowds were amazing.</p><p>The only gripe was that there was no t-shirt included in the race fee, I wouldn't have minded paying slightly more if it inc a T-Shirt.
Andy
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Fantastic event. I returned after having a great time last year. The organisers chose to not provide a goody bag or finisher tee this year. I was disappointed by this and as such I probably won’t return next year.
Scott
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Fairly flat. Reasonable amount of support in a few places especially on the residential roads. Light drizzle at start. Ran a PB.
Ruth
Star
3.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great day and good atmosphere but first time I’ve ever not been given a goodie bag and T-shirt, which was really disappointing.
4.1
16 reviews
CrowdsIncredible crowds
LighteningPerfect for a pb
ShoeFlatGood for beginners
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Logistics and schedule

The race will start at 09:00am on Sunday 14th October 2018.  Please make sure you arrive at the Athlete’s Village at Emirates Old Trafford in plenty of time to drop off your baggage and make your way to the start line.

Start address: Bridgewater Way, Stretford, Manchester M16.
Finish address: Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Rd, Stretford, Old Trafford M16 0PX.

Spectators

Spectators are welcome!

How to get there

Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Talbot Rd, Stretford, Manchester M16 0PX, UK

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PARKING

Manchester United FC have a huge number of very convenient and secure car parking spaces available next to the race start. These are pre-bookable and the closest spaces are allocated first.

Disabled Car Parking Facilities are available at Manchester United FC car park.

Online booking for car parking at Manchester United FC has now closed. It is possible to pay on the day. The price for parking is £10.00.

METROLINK

Metrolink is the easiest way for all runners to get to race, there are number of cost effective ticket options for both runners and spectators.
The closest Metrolink stops to the Athletes Village, Race Village and Start Area are Old Trafford (Altrincham line), Trafford Bar (Altrincham and Didsbury lines) and Exchange Quay (Eccles and MediaCityUK lines). All three stops are less than a 10-minute walk from the Athletes Village, Race Village and Start Area with the Old Trafford stop being adjacent to Emirates Old Trafford.

There will be signs marking the routes from each of these stops and marshals to guide you too. Weekend Metrolink Travelcards are available to all adults for only £5.80 for travel from 6.00pm Friday evening to end-of-service on Sunday evening. These can be purchased from the ticket machines located on all tram stops – this is an ideal option for all runners especially those staying in Manchester for the weekend.

Weekend family tickets are also available for only £8.00 and offer unlimited travel on all Metrolink tram services for groups of up to two adults and three children. Valid after 6pm on Friday until the end of service on Sunday, these tickets offer your family a great opportunity to use Metrolink to watch the race at various points along the course and make the most of a weekend in the city.
Metrolink operates a frequent service on all lines so catching the tram couldn’t be easier, just be sure to buy a ticket before you board as tickets aren’t available on the trams themselves.

ARE YOU DRIVING?

There are a range of Metrolink Park and Ride car parks located around the Greater Manchester network, it’s easy to park up and hop on the tram for a hassle-free journey to the event. Parking at tram stops is free for all Metrolink customers. Park and Ride provides a cost-effective travel option and avoids the event day traffic.

There are many cheering and supporting points around the course and some of these are located conveniently close to Metrolink stops. More details will be released in the Race Booklet.

RAIL SERVICES

If you are travelling to the event from outside Manchester rail services operate to both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria stations. Both stations have Metrolink connections so you can quickly hop on a tram to continue your journey. The Old Trafford Metrolink stop is conveniently located outside the Athletes Village at Emirates Old Trafford- Lancashire County Cricket Club.

TAXIS

Emirates Old Trafford – Lancashire County Cricket Club is 5 miles from Manchester City Centre (Piccadilly Gardens). Taxis from Manchester City Centre normally cost around £10-£15. Check before embarking on your journey. Roads near the Athletes Village, Race Village, and Start Area will be affected by road closures attributed to the event. Please refer to the drop off information below.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
When will I receive my race pack for the Manchester Half Marathon?
Race bibs will arrive before the 5th October
FAQ
At what time does the Manchester Half Marathon start?
The race will start at 9am on Sun 13th October 2019
FAQ
Can you listen to music at the Manchester Half Marathon?
Listening to music is strongly discouraged at the Manchester Half Marathon, including MP3 players and smartphones.
FAQ
When will race packs be sent out?
Your race number will arrive before 5th October.I’ve forgotten my number on race day,
FAQ
what do I do?
If you do not have a number, you will not be able to race. If you have misplaced it before race day, please go the INNSIDE Hotel, First Street, Manchester City Centre, M15 4RP on Saturday 14th between 10am and 5pm and we shall give you a replacement – you will be charged £10, payable in cash or by card.Can I choose what’
FAQ
s printed on my race number?
If you enter before 16th August, you can choose the name that will be printed on your race number.
FAQ
Will there be a secure area to store a bag?
Yes, there will be a baggage area to store your kit. This will be located in the Athletes Village at Emirates Old Trafford.
FAQ
Is there a cut off time for this event?
Yes, the finish line will close 4 hours after the start of the race. Any finishers after this time will not receive an official finisher’s time and we advise you to run on the pavements. This is to minimise the impact on the local residents & businesses, as roads will begin to re-open.
FAQ
Can I listen to music during the race?
We strongly discourage the use of any equipment that acts as an impediment to hearing or concentration when competing. This includes, but is not limited to, mobile telephones, personal stereos and MP3 players. Xtra Mile cannot be responsible for accidents resulting from taking part with such equipment.
FAQ
Will there be pacers at the event?
Yes, there will be a wide range of pacers available on Race Day – specific pacer times will be available closer to race day.
FAQ
Where are the toilets located?
Athletes village, start area, and a small number along the route where the water stations are located.
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