The start line is on Portland Street near the junction with Oxford Street. The police and local authorities are very supportive, but please note that we do have to re-open the roads quickly after the event: if you are still on the course after 15:30 you may find that stewards ask you to finish the run on the footpaths, and we ask that you comply with this instruction. If you need further assistance, the course team will be on hand to help get you back to the finish. 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!
There are three Charity Cheering Points on the course where supporters of Cancer Research UK will be cheering you on as you pass them at around 1km and then at about 9.5km. At 4km and 7km you’ll see supporters from The Christie and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. At the finish, event supporters Manchester Aid to Kosovo host the Oast House stage in Spinningfields with sets by Manchester-based Clockwork Radio, acoustic folk duo Finch and the Moon and singer/songwriter Janileigh Cohen, plus DJ sets throughout the afternoon. The stage opens at 11am.
Aqua Pura water and Lucozade Sport LITE
Aqua Pura water will be available before the run from water points at the north end of Albert Square and on Portland Street near the Portland Tower. On the course there will be two Aqua Pura water stations at 5km and 7km. When you take a bottle of water please don’t drop it on the course. Keep your bottle with you or throw it carefully on the verge. Remember water is there to drink, not pour over your head, if you’re looking to cool off run through the shower at 6.5km. Aqua Pura water will be given out at the finish, as well as Lucozade Sport LITE inside your Finisher's Pack. If it’s a hot then please bring extra water or sports drinks with you.