Travel and parking arrangements
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.
Travelling by car
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.
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 www.metrolink.co.uk or download the free Metrolink App for iPhone and Android.
Local 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 www.tfgm.com for local public transport information and links to other travel sites. For National Rail Enquiries call 08457 48 49 50.
Cycling in Manchester
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 www.manchester.gov.uk or www.cyclegm.org.