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10K & Half marathon
Sunday 20 May, 2018

Distance Half Marathon & 10K
Price Half Marathon - £44 per entry, 10K - £38 per entry
Location Manchester City Centre
Date 20 May 2018
Age Half marathon: 17 yrs old+ , 10k: 15 yrs old+

Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run

What makes Mancunians great runners? Energy, perseverance and passion!

Experience a running event like no other on the streets of the undisputed capital of the North, and remember, no matter how you get to the start-line, Manchester runs together.

The Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run is known for its buzzing atmosphere, incredible supporters and the booming Manchester anthems that rock the city's streets.  

It doesn’t matter why you run, or how fast you go; everyone is a hero when they cross the line at the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run. 

Please note: General entries for the Half Marathon are now closed, however you can still sign up via one of our amazing charities. Find out more

Event Timetable

Please see below for important Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 2018 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 WAVE 1
09:10 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run Half Marathon WAVE 2
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) and 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.

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  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.


Useful Information

Click on the links below to download useful event information:

Exclusive offer

As part of our partnership with Science in Sport everyone who enters the event will have the opportunity to claim a free introduction pack from Science in Sport containing 10 Isotonic Energy Gels.

Look out for the SiS link in your entry confirmation email to redeem this great offer, or if you have already entered an event you can contact for further details.

Exclusive offer

Travel and accommodation

Book your 2018 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run accommodation with our Official Travel Partner, Nirvana and experience a stress-free event weekend.

Nirvana's dedicated team provide all of the necessary services to ensure you enjoy your trip to the North West as much as possible. To view all of Nirvana’s travel and accommodation options and/or book online, please visit, email or call 0191 2571750 if you would prefer to speak to a member of the Nirvana team.


With accommodation options available within a 5 minute walk of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run start line, why look anywhere else?

What are the benefits of booking your accommodation through Nirvana?

  • Nirvana offer the best available accommodation to meet the requirements of all participants & supporters;
  • Nirvana arrange an early breakfast on event day morning;
  • Nirvana request luggage storage, whilst you attend the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run;
  • Nirvana request shower facilities, so you can freshen up after the run.

To view all of Nirvana’s travel and accommodation options and/or book online, please visit, email or call 0191 2571750 if you would prefer to speak to a member of the Nirvana team.


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:

  • Chancellors Hotel

    Present your Run number or medal to receive 20% discount off all food and drink 1 - 31st May 2018 at Chancellors Hotel - choose from our tasty menu, daily specials, afternoon tea and more. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. No cash alternative.
    Chancellors Way off Moseley Road
    Greater Manchester
    M14 6NN

Elites and Club Runners

Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run (10k only) 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

Note: no elite entries are available for the half marathon distance 

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 2016.

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

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.

Entry Criteria

We offer overall prize money and British only prize money. 

*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      


Prize Structure 10K

Prize money is available for Britsth athletes at this event 

Position Women  Men
1st  £200 + entry in 2019 event £200 + entry in 2019 event
2nd  £100 + entry in 2019 event £100 + entry in 2019 event
3rd  £50 + entry in 2019 event £50 + entry in 2019 event
4th  6 month Athletics Weekly Sub 6 month Athletics Weekly Sub
5th  6 month Athletics Weekly Sub 6 month Athletics Weekly Sub

The Great Run Club Challenge is open to UK athletics and running clubs affiliated to their home country athletics association.  Athletes must be registered club members (checks will be made).

Scoring: Four women + Four men.   Winner will be the team with the lowest combined finish time.  Clubs are encouraged to enter as many athletes as possible (athletes must indicate that they are a club member on the online entry form, drop down box).  The first 4 men and first 4 women will be counted

Position Club Team
1st  £400 + 8 entries into 2019 event
2nd  8 free entries into 2019 event


Great Club Challenge

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

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Half Marathon

Open to Charities
Price: £44 per entry
Suitable for anyone aged 17 years old and over.

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Price: £38 per entry
Suitable for anyone aged 15 years old and over.

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