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Morrisons Great Manchester Run

Europe's biggest 10K running event has seen more than a quarter of a million enthusiastic runners take to the streets of Manchester since the run was established in 2003.

Broadcast live on BBC the Great Manchester Run has raised over £22 million for charity and is part of an elite group of running events with the IAAF Gold Label. The North West's 10K run has grown into a weekend festival of sport, including the Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run and the Great CityGames Manchester – a unique elite event that attracts some of the world's top athletes on a purpose-built track in the heart of the city centre. This year's Great CityGames will feature Olympic heptathlon champion, Jessica Ennis-Hill, and fellow heptathlon rising star - Katarina Johnson-Thompson.


Do Something

Let Manchester poet Tony Walsh inspire you to get involved in the Morrisons Great Manchester Run 2015. Tony is our very first Poet in Residence and his opening poem "Do Something" is a stirring tribute to the amazing people who make this Europe's biggest 10k run. If you've ever taken part or are thinking about signing up for Sunday May 10th, then this is for you. On your marks. Get set. Do Something!

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Do Something

Event Location

Manchester not only boasts a population of over half a million people but it also offers visitors a wealth of activities to get involved with.

You could try a bit of skiing or get your football fix, take a trip to some of the best shops in the UK, or maybe visit a museum or a brewery; there really is something for everyone.

For more ideas on things to do in Manchester you can go to:

About Manchester


Please allow yourself time to get to the start on the morning of the run, and do take the time to look at a map and work out your route in advance if you are unfamiliar with the city. Manchester has an excellent public transport system with its internal network of trams and buses, so please consider these options wherever possible.


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There will be some road closures in place, please take note of these if you decide to travel by car and plan your route accordingly. Most are to the south of the city centre between Manchester City Centre and Old Trafford so if you come in via the north, east or west you can avoid many of these.

Plan your journey in advance of run day; the road closure map highlights the main city centre closures and the full course will be closed from 08:00. Please don’t assume you can use your normal routes into the city centre. Please DO NOT rely on satnav devices as these could take you along routes which are closed for the event!

Parking your car:

The Great Manchester Run starts and finishes in the city centre and there are plenty of car parks to choose from. See the parking map for a list of suggested car parks. The areas closest to the start and finish are going to be very busy so think about parking a little further away and walking in to the start.

By Metrolink:

There will be an enhanced Metrolink service on the day, and trams are expected to run every 12 minutes between 10:00 and 17:00, and every 15 minutes outside of this. The first service runs from Altrincham at 06:57, from Eccles at 07:58 from Bury at 06:51 from East Didsbury at 06:54 from Ashton-U-Lyne at 06:53 and from Rochdale at 07:02. For more information visit or download the free Metrolink App for iPhone and Android.

By Buses and National Rail:

For local bus and other travel enquiries please call the Transport for Greater Manchester traveline 0871 200 2233 (7am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 8pm at weekends and bank holidays).

Calls from BT landlines cost 10p a minute, mobile and other landline networks may charge an additional tariff or you can visit for local public transport information and links to other travel sites. For National Rail Enquiries call 08457 48 49 50.

By Bike:

Manchester City Council has invested heavily in facilities to make cycling in Manchester City Centre easier and safer. As such, cycling to the Great Manchester Run is certainly a possibility for those living in and around Manchester city centre. For details of cycle routes, roads with cycling facilities and cycle parks visit or


The Course

Starting on Portland Street in the heart of the city, the fairly flat 10k takes in landmarks such as the Imperial War Museum, The Lowry and Old Trafford, before crossing the finish line in front of the iconic 47 storey Beetham Tower on Deansgate. 

The North West lives up to its reputation as a hotbed of musical talent, with brilliant local bands entertaining runners along the way, and the legendary Boon Army stage blasting out Manchester anthems just after the halfway point. 

With millions raised for charity every year, the event wouldn’t be the same without the charity cheering points and some of the loudest crowds of the Great Run series lining virtually every inch of the course. 

Course Map

Assembling at the start

The start and assembly areas are located on Portland St in the heart of Manchester. Portland St runs from Piccadilly Gardens towards Oxford Street. There are five coloured waves at the run with different start times to ensure that there is enough space for everyone. You will be allocated to one of these coloured waves based on the estimated running time you gave us on your entry form. Those with faster estimated times will be in the earlier waves and those with slower estimated times in the later waves. This means that people are running with people of a similar pace to them and as such will improve everyone's running experience.

The back of your run number will show a reminder listing your arrival and start times. Arrive early and stay relaxed. Soak up the atmosphere, stretch those muscles and join in the pre-run warm-up. If you’re early, rather than heading straight to the start, why not visit the Charity Village in Manchester Central and see what’s on offer?

Listen out for the announcers who will let you know when assembly is open for your wave. Keep an eye on the large digital message boards on Princess Street and in St Peter’s Square for more information and last minute tips. Coloured balloon arches will mark the front of each assembly area and marshals will be there to direct you in. Once in the assembly areas on Portland St our Great Run presenters will keep you updated with all that’s going on, and there will be advice and interviews with celebrity runners, top athletes and famous faces. Run marshals will bring you up to the start line when it is time for your wave to start.

The maps also show the suggested route that you should use to walk in: just follow the coloured arrows on the map, which match your run number. There will be thousands of runners assembling at the start: if you follow the colour coded routes and assemble at the times we’ve suggested it should mean that you don’t have to push against the flow.

The Start


The Morrisons Great Manchester Run will finish on Deansgate near the Hilton Hotel. After you cross the finish line marshals will direct you to the chip collection area. There will be thousands of runners finishing after you so please keep going! After returning your chip, you will then move through the finish system where you will receive your water and Finisher's Pack. This contains your exclusive t-shirt and medal as well as Lucozade Sport and some great edible goodies. These packs are for finishers only: please don’t take another or ask for a second.

The runner-only finish system ends at the junction of Deansgate and Peter Street. It is vital that this area is kept clear to allow runners to exit, so we ask spectators and those runners who have finished to keep on moving and not to block the gates out of the finish area.

Collecting your baggage and meeting up

Beyond this point, runners from different waves will be directed to different zones to collect their baggage and to meet up with friends and family at the reunion area – see the start/finish maps for details. As runners arrive at the end of the finish area at the junction of Deansgate and Peter Street, signs and marshals will direct each wave of runners as follows:

Orange and Green wave runners will head left towards Hardman Street to their baggage buses with family reunion at the letterboards in Spinningfields.

White, Blue and Pink wave runners will turn right onto Peter Street for their family reunion area at and baggage drop within the Charity Village at Manchester Central.

At your reunion point, you should aim to meet under the board that matches the first letter of the runner’s surname. Please bear in mind that there will be 40,000 runners plus friends, families and other spectators in the city centre so plan any meeting points in advance – it won’t be possible for everyone to say: “I’ll see you at the finish line!”

If you are not using the reunion areas, agree on a location in advance. This might be the car park you are using, the train station you came into, a shop or café, or one of the landmarks in Manchester such as the Town Hall. If you’re linked to one of the official charities, why not arrange to meet up at the Manchester Central Charity Village?

The Manchester Central Charity Village

A number of the official charities will have meet and greet stands in Manchester Central on the day. This will be open from 08:30 until 16:00 to welcome home charity runners. Contact your charity to find out if they will be there. The charity village is open to all runners, not just those running for a specific cause. Here you will find charity stalls, a big screen, some great offers from our Great Run Partners and more information about future Great Run events.


Spinningfields will be hosting the warm-down party, including stretching and cool-down led by Roy Gayle, live music, food and drink offers, and more. Manchester is full of great cafés, pubs, bars and restaurants: look out for those displaying the “Great Runners Welcome Here” race numbers – simply show yours to take advantage of special offers both pre and post event.

The Finish


Please see below for the 2015 event day timetable:

TimeMorrisons Great Manchester Run
05:00Portland St (start) and Deansgate (finish) road closures go in
08:30Information Desk opens Manchester Central
09:30Charity Village and Baggage Services open
10:00Assembly areas open at the Start for Orange numbers
10.30Assembly areas open at the Start for White numbers
10:55Start of the Morrisons Great Manchester Run Elite Wheelchair Race
11:12Start of the Morrisons Great Manchester Run Elite Women Race
11:23Mass warm up at the start with Roy Gayle and Christina Waring for Orange and White numbers
11:34Start of the Morrisons Great Manchester Run Elite Men's Race and the Orange wave
11:50Assembly opens for Blue numbers
11:55Start of the White wave
12:15Mass warm up at the start with Roy Gayle and Christina Waring for Blue numbers
12:25Start of the Morrisons Great Manchester Run Blue wave
12:25Assembly areas open at the start for Pink numbers
12:35Assembly areas open at the start for Green numbers
13:00Mass warm up at the start with Roy Gayle and Christina Waring for Green and Pink numbers
13:10Start of the Morrisons Great Manchester Run Green wave
13:30Start of the Morrisons Great Manchester Run Pink wave

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event


Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Morrisons Great Manchester Run must meet the following criteria:

10 mile51.0060.00
Half M69.0080.00

Other standards considered:

  • Top 20 placing at National Senior XC Championships
  • Any athletes (Junior/ U23 / Senior) that have represented Great Britain at XC/ road or track (at 1500 and above) over the last 3 years will also be offered free elite entry.

Elite Wheelchair entry criteria:

Half M1.25.00
Entry Criteria

We offer overall prize money and British only prize money. Prize money will only be awarded to elite athletes not athletes who run fast times from the mass start.

*British athletes can collect both prize structures.

 MenWomen MenWomen

Both Elite fields are restricted to numbers so apply early to avoid disappointment. Email with details of qualifying performances, name, DOB and club.

The Elite Management reserve the right to refuse any entry whether an athlete meets criteria or not. This is a guide and does not guarantee elite entry into any Great Run Event.

Prize Structure

Great Runners Welcome Here

To find out how to take advantage of the free Great Runners Welcome Here offers linked to your event click here.

Your Morrisons Great Manchester Run offers:

  • Hey Little Cupcake

    Any drink and cupcake for £5
    2 Hardman Street
    M3 3HF