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IT IS scientifically proven that music makes you run better – which is why we’ve packed your Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run route with more bands than ever before.

This year, there are a whopping 22 entertainment points along the 10K and half marathon course covering all bases including Manchester anthems, local bands, a ladies choir, a classical ensemble – and even a good old samba band.

And of course you’re guaranteed a warm welcome from the people of this fantastic city who turn out every year to support the runners taking part.

Our advice is to ditch the headphones and soak up the good-time atmosphere that this iconic event generates – get ready for a massive Manchester party as you take on your running challenge on Sunday 20 May.

For now, here’s a quick runthrough of what you can expect on the day.

HALLE YOUTH ENSEMBLE

Location: Mile 1 half marathon, first KM 10K

You will still be able to hear the starting klaxon by the time you reach the first band, located on the first mile of both distances outside Bridgewater Hall, where the famous Halle Orchestra are based. Listen out for some recognisable pieces expertly performed by young members of Manchester’s symphony orchestra, which will be sure to inspire you as you set off on your half marathon or 10K journey.

CHORLTON LADIES CHOIR

Location: Mile 4-5 half marathon only

As the half marathon runners clock up their fifth mile of their day, they will be treated to the vocal talents of the Chorlton Ladies Choir, who will be serenading runners with their repertoire of contemporary covers including Manchester favourites Oasis and Elbow.

BATALA DRUMS

Location: Mile 4-5, half marathon only

Nothing gets the energy going like a drum band, and the people from Batala Mersey will be driving runners through the fifth mile of the half marathon with their rhythmic beats inspired by traditional reggae and samba groups from around the world.

DJ E.M.A

Location: Mile 9-10 half marathon, 4KM 10K

Count on DJ E.M.A to get the party started with her special blend of uplifting house music from her on-course DJ booth near to Old Trafford. E.M.A has played big clubs and festivals and we’re really excited to be welcoming her to the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run. It’ll be at the part of both distances where you could do with a boost and DJ E.M.A will certainly do that for you!

DOBCROSS YOUTH BAND

Location: Mile 10 half marathon, 4-5km 10K

The Dobcross Youth Band will appear just up the road from DJ E.M.A – and will provide a slight change of pace. The Saddleworth-based brass band will be playing a range of music from their repertoire including hymns and film tunes, so keep an ear out for that!

CLINT BOON’S BOON ARMY STAGE

Location: Mile 10-11 half marathon, 5-6km 10K

One of Madchester’s founding fathers will once again be pumping out some of the city’s most famous anthems including hits from Stone Roses, Oasis, James and his very own Inspiral Carpets.

Read more about Clint’s favourite Manchester tracks here

BLOCCO MENTE SAMBA BAND

Location: Mile 11 half marathon, 6-7km 10K

Grafton’s very own Blocco Mente Samba Band will be at mile 11 of the half marathon and between 6-7km of the 10K to put a spring in your step and get you dancing all the way to the finish line. 

CHARITY CHEER BUSES

Various locations along the route

If you are one of the thousands of runners taking part in aid of good causes, then keep an eye out for the various charity cheer buses on the route. The big red London style buses will be branded up with each charity’s colours – listen out for your own personalised shout-out if you are decked out in your charity vest!

Charities: Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Macmillan, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Charity, The Christie

THE FUN TIME FRANKIES / FEEL GOOD INC 

Location: Mile 12-13 half marathon, 9km 10K

The finish line will almost be in sight so we’ve got a couple of bands to get you home on a high.

First up are the Fun Time Frankies, who will be playing high-tempo hits from their list of songs spanning from the 1950s to the present day. They usually have their audience singing along so make sure you save your best voice for the end!

Following them will be Manchester’s own Feel Good Inc who will be blasting out their repertoire of rock and pop hits guaranteed to get you through the final stages of your Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run.

Sign up for your place on the start line at the 10K today – click here for more details