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Sunday 28 May 2017

Brand new
half marathon, and 10k


Distance Half Marathon & 10K
Price Half Marathon - Entries closed, 10K - Entries closed
Location Manchester City Centre
Date 28 May 2017
Age Half marathon: 17 yrs old, 10k: 15 yrs old

Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run

Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run - statement

Like you, our thoughts are with the friends and families of everyone affected by Monday evening’s terrorist attack.

Following consultation with the Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council, we can confirm that the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run events on Sunday 28 May, will go ahead as planned. Read more >

All entrants will receive a detailed pre-event email in the next 48 hours regarding plans for Sunday, which may differ from those previously issued.

However please note that all start times are planned to remain the same.

Thank you for your patience over the last few difficult days. We look forward to welcoming you to Manchester on Sunday.


If you entered the 10k after 10:00 on Thursday 18 May, or if your run pack has not arrived through the post, you can visit our customer services team who will be based in the Great Run branded marquee in Albert Square (opposite the Town Hall steps) at the following times:

  • Friday 26 May (12:00 - 19:30)
  • Saturday 27 May (12:00 - 17:00)
  • Sunday 28 May (open from 07:30)

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!

Bands on the Run and charity cheering points
We’ve got a great Bands on the Run programme for you this year, with 10 music zones, DJs, live bands and Inspiral Carpets’ legend Clint Boon’s Boon Army stage at the halfway point to lift you for the second leg. We’ll have two Key 103 Wall of Sound sections for you at 6k and after 9k, featuring Key 103’s specially chosen playlist to drive you along. If this isn’t enough then the Manchester Metropolitan University will be cheering you on from 7km before you reach the Manchester University Go Zone at 8.5k, which offers even more music and encouragement. There are official charity cheering points on the course from Cancer Research UK, We are MacMillan, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and The Christie, so give them a wave as they cheer you on!

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!

Get Sunday 28 May in your diary, and don’t forget to share with your friends to get them involved too!

Please note: the course may be subject to change.



Please see below for important Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 2017 information:

Time Half Marathon & 10k Timetable
07:30 Information desk opens in Albert Square for pack collection and queries (NO ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN ON THE DAY)
09:00 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run Half Marathon
12:30 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k Elite Wheelchair start
12:45 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k Elite Women start
13:07 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k Elite Men & Fast Paced Club Runners and Orange Wave start
13:25 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k White Wave start
13:55 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k Purple Wave start (Manchester University)
14:00 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k Blue Wave start
14:40 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k Green Wave start
15:00 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k Pink Wave start

*NB. Timetable is provisional and times are subject to change.

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 best place to plan your journey to the start line is via the Transport For Greater Manchester website, which lists road closures, public transport services affected by the event and alternative routes into the city. This site will be kept up to date with regular travel detail so keep checking it for new information.

Driving into Manchester City Centre?

Avoid a fine. Look out for bus gate signs on Portland St & Oxford Rd.  A bus gate is a stretch of road where priority is given to buses, cycles & black cabs. Find out more >


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

Take the Train with TransPennine Express

Take the train to your event and arrive in the heart of the city, ready to hit the Great Run starting line right on time. Save over 50%* when you book your train tickets in advance at

With direct services into Manchester you can sit back, relax and leave the car at home.

By bus and rail


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:

Both the 10k and half marathon courses give runners the opportunity to soak up the fantastic Manchester atmosphere, as well as a chance to see some of the best sights in the city! Make sure you get Sunday 28 May in your diary - you don't want to miss this!

Everyone who crosses over the finish line of the half marathon or the 10k will receive a goodie-filled finisher's pack, an exclusive technical training t-shirt, and the all-important symbol of achievement... the medal!

And if that's not enough, after your run we recommend sticking around to soak up that post-run party feeling in Albert Square where there's a charity village, merchandise stalls, massages from Find a Physio, and of course, the live music and bands at Spinningfields. This year's event saw thousands of participants and their supporters chilling out over a well-earned drink at the Oast House stage in Spinningfields, entertained by local bands, DJs & post-run warm downs led from the stage... so why not come and join them in 2017?

About Manchester

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


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

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

How to enter

choose your distance

Half Marathon

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

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

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