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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!
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Half Marathon
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Calendar
Sun 10th Oct 2021
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Stretford, United Kingdom
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4.1
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The event experience
Unbelievable atmosphere

Based on 14,000 participants

Perfect for a Personal Best

<5m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Location
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Talbot Rd, Stretford, Manchester M16 0PX, UK
Start times
Half Marathon:
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Races summary
Here's what races are available for Manchester Half Marathon
Half Marathon
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13.1mi
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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.
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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.
Event day 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.
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Spectator Info
Spectators are welcome!
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FAQ's
When will I receive my race pack for the Manchester Half Marathon?
Race bibs will arrive before the 5th October
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At what time does the Manchester Half Marathon start?
The race will start at 9am on Sun 13th October 2019
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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.
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When will race packs be sent out?
Your race number will arrive before 5th October.I’ve forgotten my number on race day,
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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’
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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. 👍.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.
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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.
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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.
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4.0
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
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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.
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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.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
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 :(
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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!
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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.
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