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Great Manchester Run


Manchester's Greatest Run on Sunday 22 May is a 10k running event, broadcast live on BBC Two from 11.00, with highlights at 16.30. 

  • Enter before 10am on Thursday 12 May to have your personalised run number posted to you
  • Enter before 10am on Tuesday 17 May to have your non-personalised run number posted to you

Don't forget...this is a fantastic weekend for the whole family, and includes the Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run and the Great CityGames Manchester.

Travel & accommodation


Allow plenty of time to get to the start. Manchester has an excellent public transport system with its internal network of trams and buses, so please consider these options wherever possible. If you do decide to travel by car please take note of the road closures before travelling. Please don’t rely on satnav devices as roads might be closed for the event.

The England v Turkey football match kicks off at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester at 17:15 – traffic will build up around the ground from 14:30 so we suggest that you avoid roads near Manchester City FC when leaving the city after your run.


  • Orange wave - arrive from 09:30 (start time 11:37)
  • White wave - arrive from 10:00 (start time 11:55)
  • Blue wave - arrive from 11:30 (start time 12:25)
  • Green wave - arrive from 12:00 (start time 13:10)
  • Pink wave - arrive from 12:00 (start time 13:30)


If you want to find out more information about accommodation, eating out and other attractions in Manchester please call the Manchester Visitor Information Centre on 0871 222 8223, or visit

Travel and accommodation

For local bus and other travel enquiries please call the Transport for Greater Manchester traveline 0871 200 2233 (07:00 to 20:00, Monday to Friday, and 08:00 to 20:00 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.

By bus and rail


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

Run facilities

Information Desk: This is located in Albert Square. Look out for the Great Run tent opposite the Town Hall steps. It’s open from 12:00 to 17:00 on Saturday 21 May and at 08:30 on Sunday 22 May. For entry, run number or timing chip problems please check the FAQ section of our website or email the Great Manchester Run team at in advance.

Please note: we will not be using Manchester Central at all in 2016.


Ideally, you will arrive changed and ready to run. Alternatively leave your kit with any friends or family, or lock belongings in the boot of your car. Baggage buses are provided, but baggage areas are always busy so don’t use them if you don’t need to. There are two different baggage areas – the Orange and Green wave buses are on Hardman Street off Deansgate; the White, Blue and Pink wave buses are on Jacksons Row and Lloyd Street, off Southmill St by Albert Square. The baggage buses will not move: they are positioned near to the finish so if you want to use them please drop off your bag in good time and make your way to the start (a 10-minute walk away).

All buses will be clearly marked with signs and divided by numbers as follows: All baggage buses close at 16:00. You will need to show your number to the security team to gain access. Please do not leave valuables – organisers cannot accept any responsibility for the security of these items.


Temporary event toilets are available near the start on a number of city streets – see the maps below for details. There are also permanent public toilets near the Town Hall on Lloyd Street and within Great Northern. Near the finish there are temporary toilets on a number of the side streets off Deansgate. 

Run facilities

Assembling at the start

  • On the back of your run number is a reminder listing your arrival and start times.
  • Coloured balloon arches mark the front of each assembly area.
  • You’ll see some works taking place in Manchester city centre as improvements to the trams and city streets take shape: in years to come they will make the City and the Run even better but for now there are some areas that have limited access so please follow the maps in your Runners' Guide and the stewards’ advice on the day.
  • Those taking part in assisted wheelchairs are asked to line up towards the rear of the assembly area relevant to their coloured wave start.
  • There will be three warm-ups on the day, led by our Great Run fitness guru, Roy Gayle, and Manchester’s own Christina Waring. These will take place in the assembly area, with one at 11:25 for the Orange and White waves, a second at 12:15 for the Blue wave and one at 13:00 for the Green and Pink waves. 
The start


The Great Manchester Run will finish on Deansgate near the Hilton Hotel and Beetham Tower. Your Finisher's Pack contains your exclusive T-shirt and medal. The runner-only finish system ends at the junction of Deansgate and Peter Street. This area must be kept clear to allow runners to exit.

Collecting your baggage and meeting up

Beyond this point, runners from different waves will be directed to different zones to collect their baggage and to meet up with friends and family at the reunion area – see the start/finish layout on pages 42-43 of your Runners' Guide. As runners arrive at the end of the finish system each wave of runners will be directed as follows: 

  • Orange and Green waves will be turned left towards Hardman Street to their baggage buses and family reunion in Spinningfields.
  • White, Blue and Pink waves will be turned right onto Peter Street for their family reunion area and baggage buses off Southmill St near Albert Square.

At your reunion point, you should aim to meet under the board that matches the first letter of the runner’s surname. Please
bear in mind that the city centre will be very busy so you will need to agree any meeting points in advance.

The Charity Village in Albert Square

A number of the official charities will have meet and greet stands in Albert Square (see map on page 42 of your guide) on the day. This will be open from 09:30 until 17:00 to welcome home charity runners. Contact your charity to find out if they will be there. The charity village is open to all runners, not just those running for a specific cause. No charities are in Manchester Central in 2016.

Massage Zone at Centurion House, Deansgate

If you’re looking for some extra help with your recovery, head to the Massage Zone. This year the Great Run Massage Zone
will be in Centurion House on Deansgate. This is close to the charity village and between the baggage bus areas. You can
pre book your slot by visiting, then just click on the Great Manchester Run image on the homepage.

We have bookable massage sessions and free sessions you can walk up to: Finda-Physio and the massage teams from
Manchester Metropolitan University and Metro Physio will be on hand and waiting to see you.


The finish
  • PUMA – Once you #CrossTheLine, head to see PUMA who are waiting to celebrate your victory with a unique photo opportunity, then browse the latest range of PUMA Ignite running shoes to help you stay #ForeverFaster on your next run.
  • Aqua Pura – Aqua Pura is the Official Water Brand of the Great Manchester Run – Grab your bottle before the run at the charity village at Albert Square and on Portland Street outside Manchester One Tower, our on the course and at the finish line!
  • Lucozade Sport is the Official Sports Drink Partner – Lucozade Sport LITE is available in all Finishers’ Packs.
  • TomTom – Official Wearable Technology Partner – Come and visit our brand new sponsor located in the sponsors zone on Deansgate with live music and product demos available all day.
  • Pure Gym – PureGym is the Official Gym Partner – Check out one of our 140 gyms nationwide and use the promo code found on page 44 of your Runners' Guide.
  • 9BAR is our Official Energy Bar Partner – Super Seed 9BAR is available in all finisher packs providing a natural good energy fix!
Official partners



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
11:12 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
12:15 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
13:00 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


As soon as you cross over the finish line of the Great Manchester Run in the heart of the city you'll be rewarded with your very own lightweight technical training t-shirt to wear with pride!

The Great Run technical t-shirts are 100% texture polyester with improved breathability and “wicking effect" for moisture control.

Exclusive finisher's t-shirt


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

Great Runners Welcome Here

To find out how to take advantage of the free Great Runners Welcome Here offers linked to your event click here.

Your Great Manchester Run offers:

  • Chalk Bar and Grill

    Sunday 22nd May, Chalk would like to offer all 2016 medal holders one complimentary glass of process or bottle of beer, along with 10% discount on their food
    Wilmslow Road
    M20 2DR

  • Frog and Bucket Comedy Club

    Get a concession seat at up to 25% off for any show in the week before or after the Run. Book online or over the phone 0161 2369805. Each runner can bring a guest at the same concession rate. Please show your run number on arrival at the club.
    102 Oldham street
    Northern Quarter
    Greater Manchester
    M4 1LJ

  • Imperial War Museum North

    We are offering all runners a 10% discount in our Watershard Café Fri 20th to Sun 22nd May: just show your Run number. Museum admission is free, and we're at 6km on the Run route in Trafford. Open 10-5 each day.
    Imperial War Museum North
    Trafford Wharf Road
    The Quays
    Greater Manchester
    M17 1TZ

  • McDonald's Restaurants

    Big Mac, Chicken Sandwich or Filet O Fish & medium soft drink for £1.99 Free coffee with any breakfast sandwich purchase. Offer valid throughout May.
    McDonald's Restaurants, Manachester City Centre
    Arndale Food Court, Piccadilly Gardens, St Ann's Sqaure, Oxford Street, Manchester Arena
    Manchester City Centre

  • Q-Park UK

    Save 10% off parking at any Q-Park in Manchester when you pre-book. Use exclusive promocode GREATRUN10 when booking online or through Q-Park Rewards travel app. Q-Park First Street is the most convenient option for runners on 22nd May. Book online today at
    72 Merrion Street
    West Yorkshire
    LS2 8LW

  • Simple Bar and Kitchen

    25% off your total bill. Offer valid over the Great Manchester Run weekend from 21/05/2016 to 23/05/2016
    44 Tib Street
    Smithfields Buildings
    M4 1LA

  • The Portland Hotel

    Free use of shower & towel with the purchase of 2 drinks or more in the hotel bar after the race (Free Bag storage also available for during the race)
    The Portland Hotel
    3-5 Portland Street
    M1 6DP

  • TNQ Restaurant & Bar

    Complimentary prosecco for all runners participating in the Great Manchester Run, in addition to a 2 course Sunday Lunch for just £13.95, show us your medals!
    TNQ Restaurant & Bar
    108 High Street
    Greater Manchester
    M4 1HQ

  • Walrus

    Sunday 22nd May, Walrus would like to offer all 2016 medal holders one complimentary glass of prosecco or bottle of beer along with 10% discount on their food
    78-88 High Street
    Northern Quarter
    M4 1ES

  • Cord Bar

    25% off your total bill. Offer valid over the Great Manchester Run weekend 21/05/2016 to 23/05/2016
    8 Dorsey Street, Northern Quarter,
    M4 1LU

  • Hey Little Cupcake

    10% off for all runners and their families from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May
    2 Hardman Street
    M3 3HF

  • Infamous Diner

    Sunday 22nd May, Infamous Diner would like to offer all 2016 medal holders one complimentary glass of prosecco or bottle of beer along with 10% discount on their food
    3-5 Basil Chambers
    Nicholas Croft
    Northern Quarter
    M4 1EY

  • People's History Museum

    10% off for all runners in our shop on Sunday 22nd May. Museum entrance is free.
    People's History Museum
    Left Bank
    Greater Manchester
    M3 3ER

  • Rosylee

    Sunday 22nd May, Rosylee would like to offer all 2016 medal holders one complimentary glass of prosecco or bottle of beer along with 10% discount on their food
    11 Stevenson Square
    Northern Quarter
    M1 1DB

  • The Grill on New York Street Manchester

    We are offering 20% off the food bill for all runners who take part in the Great Manchester Run. The offer is valid on the 22nd May 2016.
    The Grill on New York Street
    New York Street
    Greater Manchester
    M1 4BD

  • The Spa At The Midland

    The Spa At The Midland would like to offer all runners 10% of any massage until June 2nd 2016. Just show us your Run number before the event or your medal afterwards to claim your discount. Valid Monday-Thursday excluding bank holidays.
    16 Peter Street
    Greater Manchester
    M60 2DS

  • Tusk

    Sunday 22nd May, TUSK would like to offer all 2016 medal holders one complimentary glass of prosecco or bottle of beer along with 10% discount on their food
    78-88 High Street
    Northern Quarter
    M4 1ES

  • Yo!Sushi

    15% off your food from Fri 20th to Sun 22nd May, just show us your Run number before the event or your medal afterwards to claim your discount.
    Unit R6 & R7
    Arndale Centre
    M4 3AQ