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Manchester Half Marathon

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If you only enter one half marathon this year, make it the Manchester Half Marathon.

One of the flattest and fastest around. With only 41m of elevation gain and a 2 mile+ finishing straight, we expect to see some very fast times here.

Great entertainment, outstanding crowd support and a glorious finish at Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire Cricket Club, plus a medal and a technical t-shirt for all finishers!

To give you an idea of how fast this course is, 74% of the first 50 finishers ran a personal best or a season best. 56% of the top 250 ran a PB or SB. This is your half marathon to smash it!

Review summary

16 Reviews
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Andy R
"Really well organised. Great course for a first half marathon attempt. I’ll..."


Nicky W
"Loved running MCR half! Although a little disappointed with no T-shirt, medal..."


Mark F
"Not impressed. No parking close by this year added travel time and costs...."
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Event Details

What’s Included

The minimum age limit for this event is 17 years on 14th October 2018.

Online entries will close on 12th October at 9:00pm or when the event is full. After this time, if the event has not sold out you can register by coming to the Race Pack Collection point on Saturday 13th October with £50 in cash or card and proof that you are over 17 years old. Please note if the event reaches capacity late entries will not be available.

Raceday Logistics

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 are welcome!


Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my race pack for the Manchester Half Marathon?
Race bibs will arrive before the 5th October
At what time does the Manchester Half Marathon start?
The race will start at 9am on Sun 13th October 2019
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.

Manchester Half Marathon weather forecast

Light rain in the evening and overnight.

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Manchester Half Marathon reviews (16)

4.1 out of 5 stars

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  • 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.
  • 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. 👍.
    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 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.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Really well organised. Great course for a first half marathon attempt. I’ll hopefully be back next year.
  • Did the Half Marathon 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 Half Marathon in 2019

    A well organised event. Great atmosphere, fantastic crowd support and a relatively challenging course. Bring on next year.
  • Did the Half Marathon 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!
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    Harry S

    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 :(
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Nice flat course, perfect for your first half. Great atmosphere and very well organised. Fab medal too!
  • 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.
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