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Great Manchester Run

Come and be part of Manchester's Greatest Run on Sunday 22 May! The 10k running event, broadcast live on BBC, will return to the heart of the city next year and is an event not to be missed!  Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million people have taken part and this year we will be welcoming our 300,000th runner across the finish line...could it be you?

Not only will runners pass some of Manchester's most iconic sights, including Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, all finishers will also receive a brand new technical t-shirt in their finishers' packs. This North West 10K run has grown into a fantastic weekend for the whole family, 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.

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The Course

The start line is on Portland Street near the junction with Oxford Street. The finish system will remain in operation until all runners have crossed the line on Deansgate so all runners will receive their time and Finisher's Pack.

Look out for…
Take in the views of Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, the award-winning Imperial War Museum and The Lowry. You will also pass the famous cobbles of Coronation Street’s new set. Perhaps the most significant landmark will be Beetham Tower, the 47-storey skyscraper which almost marks the finish line for you!

Advice from the medical team...
North West Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance will be at the start, along the course, at the finish on Deansgate, around the family reunion areas and in front of the Charity Village – if you need attention look out for the green banners that will mark the medical posts. If you do require treatment during the run and they think it’s unwise for you to carry on, they will suggest you retire from the event and, although nobody can be forced to stop, it is strongly recommended that you heed the medics’ advice.

Bands on the Run and charity cheering points
There will be a number of bands and DJs playing everything from opera to rock and roll. Hipswing Entertainments present The Fraudsters, an indie covers entertainment phenomenon. Another highlight will be The Blame, one of Manchester’s finest rock and pop covers bands, playing all over the country at many prestigious events. Clint Boon’s famous ‘Boon Army’ stage will be stationed at 5.5km playing Manchester classics and anything upbeat. We’ll have two ‘walls of sound’ for you at 6km and one after 9km, featuring Key 103’s specially chosen playlist to drive you along. If this isn’t enough then the Manchester Evening News Go Zone at 8.5km offers even more music, encouragement and a jelly baby or two for that extra lift!

Course Map

Crolla's Army

Could you be part of Crolla's Army?

World Champion boxer, Anthony Crolla, will be taking on the Great Manchester Run on Sunday 22 May and you could be part of his army of 12.

All you need to do is enter the Great Manchester Run and submit 100 words explaining why you'd like to be part of Crolla's Army, and send it to by Monday 22 February. If you have already entered this year's Great Manchester Run you just need to submit your 100 words before Monday 22 February.

Crolla's Army of 12 will each...

  • Have a personal training session with the World Champion himself
  • Receive a branded 'Crolla's Army' running shirt
  • Be joined by Anthony at the start and finish line of Manchester's Greatest Run

Like Anthony says:

"The team is going to be made up of runners of all different levels, shapes, sizes and ages. You've not got to be a world record holder or anything like that, it's just about getting out there, enjoying it and raising some awareness and money for some great charities and causes."



Crolla's Army


Please see below for the 2016 event day timetable:

Time Great Manchester Run - Sunday 22 May
08:30 Information desk opens in Albert Square 
09:30 Charity Village and baggage services open
10:00 Assembly areas open at the start for ORANGE numbers
10.30 Assembly areas open at the start for WHITE numbers
10:55 Start of the Great Manchester Run Elite Wheelchair Race
11:15 Start of the Great Manchester Run Elite Women Race
11:23 Mass warm-up at the start for ORANGE and WHITE numbers
11:37 Start of the Great Manchester Run Elite Men's Race and the ORANGE wave
11.50 Assembly areas open at the rear for BLUE numbers
11:55 Start of the WHITE wave
12:12 Mass warm-up at the start for BLUE numbers
12:25 Start of the BLUE wave; assembly areas open for PINK numbers
12:35 Assembly areas open for GREEN numbers
12:58 Mass warm-up for PINK and GREEN waves
13:10 Start of the GREEN wave
13:30 Start of the 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 Great Manchester Run must meet the following criteria:

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 37.00
10 mile 51.00 62.00
Half M 69.00 82.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.47.00

Elite Wheelchair entry criteria:

Distance Time
10km 45.00
Half M 1.25.00
Marathon 3.00.00

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.
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.

  Men Women   Men Women
1 $800.00 $800.00 1 $2000.00 $2000.00
2 $500.00 $500.00 2 $1500.00 $1500.00
3 $300.00 $300.00 3 $1000.00 $1000.00
      4 $750.00 $750.00
WHEELCHAIRS 5 $500.00 $500.00
1 $500.00 $500.00      
2 $350.00 $350.00      
3 $150.00 $150.00      

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. Elite entries for all events will close 2 weeks before the event date. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Prize Structure