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Brand new
half marathon, and 10k


Distance Half Marathon & 10K
Price Half Marathon - Reminder Service, 10K - Reminder Service
Location Manchester City Centre
Date May 2018
Age Half marathon: 17 yrs old, 10k: 15 yrs old

Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run

Manchester you were phenomenal! 

If you would like to join us in 2018, be sure to sign up to our half marathon reminder service or 10k reminder service to be the first to know when entries are available. 

To view your results from this year's event click here

10K 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!

Please note: the course may be subject to change.


Half Marathon Course

Take a look at what the 2017 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run Half Marathon course has in store for you!

Manchester's newest half marathon will take runners of all abilities on a 13.1 mile tour of the city. The route passes by two of the UK's most iconic football grounds, the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford, as well as the Imperial War Museum and Albert Square. The Mancunian Way will also be closed off to vehicles for one day only, allowing participants a safe, unique running experience through the city. Please note there is a low speed bump on the roadway by the Etihad Stadium at approximately 4.75 miles near the turnaround point on the half marathon course. Signage will highlight this.

The course will provide you with plenty of atmosphere to keep you going... With bands on the run, charity cheer points, musical entertainment and thousands of specators shouting your name - you'll stay motivated all the way to the finish line!

Please note: the course may be subject to change.


Great Run Local

Need that little extra help with your training, or somewhere to continue your running experience? Join friendly runners and volunteers at our free, weekly 2k and 5k events and become part of a happier, healthier, growing community!

With your own personal Great Run Local wristband, you can track your progression through our unique mobile phone app, whilst meeting new people and interacting with others as you run! From children in pushchairs to our oldest runner at 88 years young, we encourage all abilities and ages to continue running with us all year round!

GRL Wythenshawe Park: Every Sunday, 9:00am
Wythenshawe Park Athletics Track, Wythenshawe Road, Manchester, M23 0AB

GRL Debdale Park: Every Sunday, 9:00am
Debdale Park, Hyde Road, Gorton, Manchester, M18 7LJ

GRL Birchfields Park: Every Sunday, 11:00am
Birchfields Park, Birch grove, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 5JT

GRL Burrs Country Park: Every Sunday, 9:30am 
Burrs Country Park Activity Centre, Woodhill Road, Bury, BL8 1DA

GRL Salford Quays: Every Thursday, 6:45pm
Helly Hanson Watersports Centre, 15 The Quays, Salford, Greater Manchester, M50 3SQ

We are always looking to increase local running opportunities. If you know of any potential venues that could make great running locations and are interested in getting a weekly event off the ground, please contact us at


Great Run Local

Great Runners Welcome Here

To find out more about the Great Runners Welcome Here scheme click here.

Your Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run offers:

  • Beastro

    All runners with a medal will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles with any main course ordered on 28th May only!
    Irwell Square, Spinningfileds
    Greater Manchester
    M3 3AG

  • Futon Company

    10% off all lighting exclusively to participants who present either their running number or completion medal in store on Sunday 28th May 2017.
    The Futon Company
    269-271 Deansgate
    M3 4EW

  • Manchester235

    241 drinks* all day Sunday 27th May, till 8pm when showing a medal from the Great Manchester Run. *House beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks.
    Great Northern Warehouse
    Greater Manchester
    M3 4LP

  • Pot Kettle Black Coffee LTD

    2 4 1 Estrella for all race attendees, valid until Sunday at 5pm.
    Unit 14 Barton Arcade
    M3 2BW

  • The Grill on New York Street Manchester

    We are offering 20% off food for parties who have a runner in their group. Simply show your medal on arrival to get the discount. Booking is advised. To book, call 0161 228 1444
    The Grill on New York Street
    New York Street
    Greater Manchester
    M1 4BD


    25% of drinks valid for the day before and day of the run
    235 Deansgate Mews
    Great Northern Warehouse
    M3 4EN

  • Hey Little Cupcake

    10% off cupcakes and brownies
    2 Hardman St
    M3 3HF

  • McD Manchester Ltd

    Big Mac or Chicken Sandwich or Filet O Fish and medium fries for £1.99, available at Piccadilly Gardens; Arndale Food Court; 36-38 Oxford Street; & St Ann’s Square
    243 Barlow Moor Road


    20% off food bill for all runners showing their run number (max 4 guests.) Valid 3pm - 9 pm Sunday 28th May 2017 online bookings only -
    4a Leftbank
    Greater Manchester
    M3 3AN

  • The Vienna Coffee House Northwest Ltd

    Each runner to receive a freshly made glass of homemade lemonade with every meal on the day of the run Sunday 28th May
    74 Mosley Street
    M2 3LW


Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run (10k) must meet the following criteria:

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 38.00
10 mile 51.00 63.00
Half M 69.00 83.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.48.00

Elite Wheelchair entry criteria:

Distance Time
10km 45.00
Half M 1.25.00
Marathon 3.00.00

Qualifying times must be achieved after the 1st January 2015.

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 elite free 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 £600.00 £600.00 1 £1500.00 £1500.00
2 £350.00 £350.00 2 £1250.00 £1250.00
3 £200.00 £200.00 3 £750.00 £750.00
      4 £500.00 £500.00
WHEELCHAIRS 5 £300.00 £300.00
1 £400.00 £400.00      
2 £250.00 £250.00      
3 £100.00 £100.00      

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

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

How to enter

choose your distance

Half Marathon

Reminder service
Price: Reminder Service
Suitable for anyone aged 17 years old and over.

Reminder service


Reminder service
Price: Reminder Service
Suitable for anyone aged 15 years old and over.

Reminder service