Manchester Half Marathon

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Manchester Half Marathon
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Looking for your first half marathon event? The Manchester Half is flat, fast and full of good vibes. Join 15,000+ others on a run around the city centre, cheered on by lively locals and on-course entertainment. Cross the finish line at Emirates Old Trafford and celebrate with a medal and t-shirt.
Half Marathon
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Sun 15th Oct 2023
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Stretford, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Talbot Rd, Stretford, Manchester M16 0PX, UK
Start times
Sun 15th Oct 2023
Half Marathon:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Manchester Half Marathon
Half Marathon
Route information
Distance: 13.1 miles
Terrain: Closed roads
Elevation: Flat
Route Type: Out-and-back
You'll take to the streets of Manchester for this half marathon. The course will be along closed roads and be mostly flat.
Runners will take a route from the city centre to Stretford, Sale, and Timperly before heading back up towards the finish line at Old Trafford through Baguley, Sale Moor and Chorlton-Cum-Hardy.
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
  • Live music and entertainment
  • DJ Performances
  • Chip-timed
  • Fully marked and marshalled
  • Water stations
  • First aid points
  • On course toilets
How to get there
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Talbot Rd, Stretford, Manchester M16 0PX, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
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)
Please note that there is no official Manchester Half Marathon car park.
There are many Park and RideExternalLink options if you are travelling by car.
Event day logistics
08:00 Half 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 Manchester Half 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 half 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 half marathon course with water, nutrition and energy gels for runners to pick up along the way.
There will be a pacing team running the half marathon in the following times: 1:30 1:40 1:45 1:50 1:55 2:00 2:15, 2:30 & 3:00. They will be easily identifiable 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 Manchester Half Marathon free pacing service.
Runners competing for a prize are not permitted to wear headphones during the half 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 17 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 favor of donating to a carbon offsetting program.
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 half marathon time to make your finisher's medal even more memorable.
Spectator Info
Spectators are welcome!
When will I receive my race pack for the Manchester Half Marathon?
Race packs will be sent out to UK addresses 2 weeks before the half marathon. International runners will have to pick up their race packs 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
At what time does the Manchester Half Marathon start?
The race will start at 08:00.
Can you listen to music at the Manchester Half Marathon?
Listening to music is strongly discouraged at the Manchester Half Marathon, but it is permitted.
Will there be a secure area to store a bag at the Manchester Half Marathon?
Yes, there will be a baggage area to store your kit. This will be located in the Athletes Village at Emirates Old Trafford.
Will there be pacers at the Manchester Half Marathon?
Yes, there will be a wide range of pacers available on Race Day – specific pacer times are: 1:30 1:40 1:45 1:50 1:55 2:00 2:15, 2:30 & 3:00.
Where are the toilets located for the Manchester Half Marathon?
Athletes village, start area, and a small number along the route where the water stations are located.
16 reviews
CrowdsIncredible crowds
LighteningPerfect for a pb
ShoeFlatGood for beginners
Did the race 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.
Did the race 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. 👍.Aid stations were poor, last one was running out of water when I went through. 👎👎.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.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. Personally I found event staff at finish awkward and unhelpful. Security staff not runners?I won’t be going back.
Did the race 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.
Did the race in 2019
Really well organised. Great course for a first half marathon attempt. I’ll hopefully be back next year.
Did the race in 2019
Ice bath was great.Disappointed that there was no water to hand at the end.Felt light headed at the end and was just told to move out of the way!Good water and gel stops
Did the race in 2019
A well organised event. Great atmosphere, fantastic crowd support and a relatively challenging course. Bring on next year.
Did the race in 2019
The organisation and event village were great, including a huge screen with a finish line live stream.The volunteers were spot on promptly getting water and gels to runners and offering encouragement.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.But other than that and a few unexpected gradients, it was a great event!
Harry S
Did the race 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 :(
Did the race in 2019
Nice flat course, perfect for your first half. Great atmosphere and very well organised. Fab medal too!
Did the race 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.
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8th Floor, Orion House, 5 Upper St Martins Lane,

London, WC2H 9EA

Reg number 10083277

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