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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.


The Course

Course Map

The 10k run will take runners past some of the most popular tourist attractions in Manchester, such as the Imperial War Museum and Manchester United’s home ground – Old Trafford.

Please familiarise yourself with the route and take note of the water stations, start and finish areas, information points and the motivational bands on the run sections.

Course Map

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

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 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 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 or



Please see below for the 2015 event day timetable:

TimeGreat Manchester Run
07:30Information Desk opens Manchester Central
08:30Charity Village and Baggage Services open
09:00Assembly areas open at the Start for Orange numbers
09.30Assembly areas open at the Start for White numbers
09:55Start of the Great Manchester Run Elite Wheelchair Race
10:12Start of the Great Manchester Run Elite Women Race
10:23Mass warm up at the start with Roy Gayle and Christina Waring for Orange and White numbers
10:34Start of the Great Manchester Run Elite Men's Race and the Orange wave
10:50Assembly opens for Blue numbers
10:55Start of the White wave
11:15Mass warm up at the start with Roy Gayle and Christina Waring for Blue numbers
11:25Start of the Great Manchester Run Blue wave
11:25Assembly areas open at the start for Pink numbers
11:35Assembly areas open at the start for Green numbers
12:00Mass warm up at the start with Roy Gayle and Christina Waring for Green and Pink numbers
12:10Start of the Great Manchester Run Green wave
12:30Start of the 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 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.
Entry Criteria

We offer overall prize money and British only prize money. Prize money for the women will be awarded to Elite women only and not women 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