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Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run

Congratulations to all the Junior and Mini runners who took part in this year's event, you were all brilliant!

It was fantastic to see the happy faces on the start and finish lines and we would like to thank everyone for supporting the younger runners around the course.

If you'd like to take part next year then make sure you sign up to the reminder service and we'll get in touch as soon as entries for next year's event open.

The Course

The Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run will move from its 2015 location in Heaton Park to the Etihad Campus. 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.

To view a larger version of the map, please click here >

The course includes a cheering point half way round from the official charity partner, the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. There will also be a band along the route 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

Event village

As well as the Junior and Mini running events taking place throughout the day there will be lots more to see and do around the Etihad Campus, so come along to say hello and make a day of it with your family and friends.

Keep a look out for the following:

The 'Come and Try It' sports will be located inside the National Squash Centre and will have a selection of sports for the kids to have a go at. Come and try your hand at squash, athletics, tennis, table tennis, or rugby, and if you get 4 signatures in your PasSport* you will be entered into a prize draw for some fantastic prizes!

*PasSports will be handed out at the entrance into the National Squash Centre.

  • If you're looking for a relaxing afternoon, come and see us in the trackside suite for crafts and stories!
  • Food and drink will be available from the Blue Moon café outside the National Squash Centre, which is near the CityStore. There is also a café inside the National Squash Centre.
  • Toilets can be found in the north car park, next to the metro link and inside the National Squash Centre.
  • Parking is available on a first come first served basis in the north car park, accessed via gate 2. There will be signage to point you in the right direction.
Event village

Getting there

Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the start of the Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run so that you can get fully warmed-up and ready to run!

When travelling to the Etihad Campus (which some signs in the city refer to as SportCity) we recommend using the Metrolink and getting off at the 'Etihad Campus' stop, which is a short walk from the start. 

Look out for signage around the grounds pointing you in the right direction, and if you're driving to the event the postcode is M11 3FF. We'd suggest using the free parking available at the Gate 2 car park, located just off Alan Turing Way. Please note: availability in the car park is limited.

Take a look at the Metrolink Etihad Campus location map for more information on how to get there.

Getting there

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


Please see below for the 2016 event day timetable:

Time Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run
09.00 Event site open, customer services and 'come and try it' opens
09:50 Warm up for the Mini Great Manchester Run (Pink wave)
10:00 Start of the Mini Great Manchester Run (Pink wave)
10:20 Presentations for Mini wave 1
10:35 Warm up for the Mini Great Manchester Run (Green wave)
10:45 Start of the Mini Great Manchester Run (Green wave)
11:05 Presentations for the Mini wave 2
11:20 Warm up for the Junior Great Manchester Run for girls
11:30 Start of the Junior Great Manchester Run for girls
11:50 Presentations for the Junior Great Manchester Run for girls
12:05 Warm up for the Junior Great Manchester Run for boys
12:15 Start of the Junior Great Manchester Run for boys
12:35 Presentations for the Junior Great Manchester Run for boys

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event


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

Reminder service
Price: TBC
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.

Reminder service

1.5K Mini

Reminder service
Price: TBC
Be part of a great day of sport at the Mini Great Manchester Run (3-8 years)

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