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Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2016 Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run, entries for the 2017 events are NOW OPEN!

The North West biggest and most popular children's running event returns to Etihad Campus on Saturday 27 May. Located less than two miles from the city centre, the Etihad Campus is home to Manchester City Football Club and a number of other sporting venues.

We love your young runners too and have 2 shorter distance runs for children aged between 3 – 15 years old. You don't need to be the next Mo Farah or Paula Radcliffe! All Junior and Mini runners will receive their very own running t-shirt, a goodie-filled finisher’s pack and that all-important medal.

The Course

The Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run will be heading back to the Etihad Campus for the 2017 events. The Mini course is approximately 1.5k and the Junior run is a 2.3k course. Please note: the courses may be subject to change.

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The course includes a charity cheering point as well as music on the course to give you that little extra boost before you arrive at the finish line.

Look out for our three favourite mascots who will be there at the start to give you a high five!

  • Humphrey the Bear from the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
  • Reu the Gnu from Reuben's Retreat
  • And of course, the one and only Dart, from GO Run For Fun!

Good luck with the training - we'll see you on the start line!

Course Map

Go Run For Fun

The Great Mini Run is proud to be part of the GO Run For Fun (GRFF) campaign, sponsored by INEOS, which inspires children to be more active through well-organised short distance running events.

Since the campaign began in 2013 GRFF has seen over 100,000 children take part in the short distance running events organised as part of the campaign. GRFF also try to educate, excite and engage with children through their schools and are working towards educating our younger generation about how important it is to have a healthy lifestyle. The campaign also includes Dart TV, which features 12 funny and educational videos of the mascot Dart teaching children about topics such as hydration, nutrition and team work.

The GRFF team travel all over the UK to host these events. Whether it is a school, athletics club or local park they are all FREE and open to ages between 5-11 years old. In 2015 the campaign has hosted the second year of their International Tour visiting Germany, Switzerland and Belgium and have also introduced France to the mix. The team went global in March reaching as far as Houston, Texas. 

Visit Go Run For Fun


Go Run For Fun


Click on the links below to download useful event information:

How to enter

Make it a Great day out for all the family in Manchester

2.3K Junior

Price: £15 per entry
Be part of a great day of sport at the Junior Great Manchester Run (9-15 years). Please note: Junior runners must not be accompanied by an adult unless there is a special requirement that necessitates adult accompaniment.


1.5K Mini

Price: £14 per entry
Be part of a great day of sport at the Mini Great Manchester Run (3-8 years)