Great Manchester Run
The Countdown is On
The UK’s biggest 10k is back! Join the return of Manchester’s original 10k, famous for its city centre route, buzzing atmosphere from start to finish, iconic music, and of course Mancunian spirit in abundance.
With entertainment zones that celebrate local character and culture at every kilometre, some of the best (and loudest!) crowd support anywhere in the world, and all the action televised live on the BBC, this is an event day experience like no other.
Whether you do it for the challenge, to fundraise for charity, or simply for fun, Be Your Greatest with us in 2021, the year of the comeback!
Great Manchester Run entries are open to runners aged 15+ (10k) and 17+ (Half marathon) on the day of the event.
If you’re an Elite Athlete, you can find out more about Elite entry here.
Book With Confidence
To keep runners safe there will be covid secure measures in place, but the thrill of running through the heart of Manchester and the unbeatable feeling of crossing the finish line on Deansgate, will be even more special this year.
- All events will be staged with the full support from all key stakeholders, follow the latest government guidance and be compliant to the latest regulations.
- We will continue to plan right up until the date of the event, and will communicate any changes or updates via email and here on the event page.
In the scenario of a 2021 event date change or cancellation by us and for whatever reason, all entrants (including 2020 rollovers) will be automatically deferred into the subsequent staging of the event.
If you have any queries, please see our FAQs which should answer any questions you have.
2021 Wave Start Times
Runners will be allocated an arrival time and an approximate start time, this is included on your run number. Please arrive at your allocated timeslot. A one way system will be in place to move in and around the event site.
The Great Manchester Run will be broadcast live on BBC One from 11:00 – 13:00 on Sunday 26 September.
Timetable confirmed as of 25/08/21. Organisers reserve the right to amend subject to operational requirements.
If you have any queries about wave allocation or race packs, please see our FAQ.
Your Run Number
Your run number will arrive through the post ahead of event day. This will include your wave colour, your arrival time and your approximate start time. Please ensure you check this and arrive at the event at your allocated time.
Your Run Number is your unique number and you must wear it on the day.
Your timing chip is attached to the back of your run number, don’t remove or cover the chip (with a jacket, bum bag etc.) as this will affect the accuracy of your time. The chip will automatically record the time, so you don’t need to do anything and your chip doesn’t need to be returned at the end of the run.
Once you have your run number you are ready to go, you don’t need to register on the day.
Once you’ve filled in the back of the run number and attached it to your front (with safety pins) you are all set to go!
If your run number hasn’t arrived through the post you’ll need to visit the information point, located at Manchester Central Convention Centre, on the day. Should you need to visit the information point please enter via the Exchange Lower Foyer entrance, Windmill Street M2 3GX.
Please note: your run number should be identical to the number in your cover letter, if not, please contact us.
Baggage is located besides Manchester Town Hall on Princess Street (what3word address: earth.snacks.cook).
Make sure you fill in your baggage label (detach you’re your runnumber) and attach to your bags before leaving your belongings in the baggage facility. Please don’t leave valuables in your bags – this is a self-service system and although security staff will be present, organisers can’t accept any
responsibility for lost or stolen items. To gain access to the baggage area and to collect your bag you willneed to show your run number
We highly recommend planning your travel and transport to the start line ahead of event day to ensure that you can have a calm and
enjoyable morning before you run.
We highly recommend using public transport. Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for plenty of public transport information and handy tips for travelling around the city. The website includes information about travelling by car, train, tram, bus cycling and walking.
For live updates on the day follow @OfficialTfGM on Twitter.
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EQUANS Business Challenge
If you and a group of colleagues want to take on a running event together, for charity, a fitness goal or perhaps just have fun as a team, why not enter a team into the EQUANS Business Challenge at the next Great Manchester Run.
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Join the Great Manchester Run social community on Facebook for support, tips, updates and more.
Manchester’s original running event boasts a city centre start and finish, with Half Marathon and 10k routes taking runners out of the city past the iconic football stadiums! Soak up the best of the Mancunian spirit with this course which lends itself to a great PB.
Please note course may be subject to change.
On The Course
With 24 entertainment zones for the Half Marathon, and 21 on the 10k course, we’ll have you rocking from start to finish. Here’s what you can expect to see (and of course hear) on your run:
- Bands on the Run – We’ve lined up some of the very best bands and local musical artists to provide the soundtrack to your run. From Clint Boon to DJ Helen Stelling Holt and of course The Halle, they’ll have you bopping, clapping, singing and running to the beat
- Beats Boost – Our very own music zone will raise your running to the next level with the Tune Tunes DJ truck providing the beats and bubbles blowing everywhere! It’ll be an experience to remember & quite possibly a selfie hotspot
- Hacienda – We’re bringing the party back to give you that much needed boost just as the finish comes into view. With a Hacienda inspired playlist, a massive sound system and disco lights, we want to see those hands up until you’re right across the finish line
- Hits Radio Motivation Zone – The Hits Radio crew will add an extra skip to your step with their upbeat support zone at Castle Quay
- Charity Cheering Buses – Loud cheering, clapping and hollering your name, the charity cheering buses provide instant motivation and inspiration for runners. This year there are 5 charity cheering buses on the course with wonderful supporters representing Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Christie and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
- The LGBTQ+ Cheer Point brought to you by Nissan will bring the colour and a wall of noise to your run. The high energy cheer zone will have you smiling, whooping and most importantly pumping your legs a little faster.
Exact race day locations can be really hard to describe, especially when it comes to different start areas and places without traditional addresses – like the bag drop, water stations and the finishers’ village. That’s why we’re using what3words (find our how to use what3words here).
Your Great Manchester Run what3word locations
- Location for assembly area is: ///flight.activism.divide
- Location for start line is: ///dare.pasta.feels
- Location for baggage drop is: ///earth.snacks.cook
- Location for customer information is: ///mash.stage.loads
- Location for finish line is: ///boss.puzzle.funny
- Location for charity village is: ///mash.stage.loads
- Location for first aid point is: ///onions.surely.will
The greatest reward in taking part is the sense of achievement as you cross the finish line, but by taking your place on the Great Manchester Run start line, you’re already part of something really special. Great Run events are renowned for being well-organised, safe, and inclusive and the atmosphere and support is always unbelievable.
What You Get
Before the event
We’re here to help you be your greatest, so before the big day you’ll get…
- Your personal run pack sent to you in the post, with your run number and timing chip
- Access to training plans to keep you on track
- Exclusive offers and competitions from our partners and sponsors
- Support and advice all the way up to event day
- Regular emails keeping you motivated and moving
- A huge supportive and inclusive social community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help you on your running journey
On Event Day
Other than all the good vibes, fitness and mental health benefits you’ll also get…
- Access to the free Great Run app to allow your loved ones to track your progress along the route
- Access to the Great Run information point for any last minute queries (or safety pins)
- Closed roads offering a safe running environment
- Food and drink options to refuel
- A shiny new medal, an exclusive finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies
- Plenty of medical support all around our routes should you ever need any assistance
- A huge round of applause as you cross the finish
After the Event
Obviously you’ll have bragging rights for the foreseeable, but you’ll also get…
- Official event day photos available to view and purchase a couple of days after the event, so smile for the cameras!
- Your official result ready shortly after you cross the finish line
- Runners Rewards – access to special offers for participants, from our partners and sponsors as a well done.
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Why not celebrate your run with a personalised iTAB medal attachment? Your iTAB will be engraved with your name and finish time and fits perfectly onto the ribbon of your Great South Run medal. Just £7.99 including postage and packing
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You may be able to secure a Great Manchester Run charity entry with one of our charities below by agreeing to raise sponsorship money.
Join forces with the team that will get you to the finish line. We're the only ones fighting over 200 cancer . Our life-saving work is funded entirely by the generosity of our supporters, so every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, and every runner. One in two people now survive cancer. Together we've achieved so much, but we won't stop until we've beaten it altogether. Join the team today and we will beat cancer.
The Bobby Moore Fund was set up in memory legendary footballer Bobby Moore, who sadly died from bowel cancer aged just 51.To date the Bobby Moore Fund has raised over £20 million. The funds are spent on world class bowel cancer research carried out by leading scientists working across the UK. With your support, bowel cancer stands no chance. Let's make Bobby proud and help beat it sooner. Join the Bobby Moore Fund team today.
Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. We can beat it, but we can’t do it alone.
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We need you to run for us. We need your miles, your energy, your determination to help us find a cure. We know that training for a run isn’t easy. But we need you to beat that snooze button, beat the weather, beat the wall – beat everything that stands between you and the finish line.
Run for us and join the race to beat dementia.
When you run for the BHF, you run to beat the world’s biggest killers. Conditions like heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia. You run for the people you love. You run for mums, for dads, for brothers, for sisters, for friends, for loved ones. You run to fund research that helps to keep families together. One life saving breakthrough at a time.
Champions like you have helped get them this far - heart transplants, clot busting drugs, genetic testing and so much more. So join the BHF, and fix your eyes on the finish line. Because together, you can beat heartbreak forever.
Join an army of Team Christie supporters and put your best foot forward at Manchester’s biggest and best day of running!
The Christie is committed to revolutionising the fight against cancer by funding world reaching research, treatment and care, and education. With every step you take around the city centre streets you will be helping us to achieve our ultimate goal of a future without cancer.
Whether it is your first or your fifteenth run, the extra-special atmosphere and Team Christie encouragement will ensure you never forget crossing that famous finish line. Be part of something special; choose The Christie!
We're Mind, the mental health charity. We're here to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
Join the movement for better mental health today and be part of something great!
Join Team NSPCC at one of our fantastic Great Runs! We’ll be there for you every step of the way, from fundraising to cheering you along the course. Set your next Challenge - choose your distance and location and sign up today. By joining us, you'll be fighting for every childhood and changing lives. That's what we call a personal best.
Francis house Children’s Hospice provides care for children, teenagers and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. At our base in Didsbury, Manchester we support over 500 families from all over the North West, providing specialist care in a homely, happy and secure place. We help the children to live life to the full and offer much needed support, friendship and encouragement to their families. We need over £4.2 million in charitable donations each year to continue to provide our services which include respite care, sibling support, end of life care and bereavement counselling. Run for Francis House and help support your local children’s hospice.
Around 2.5 million people are living with cancer in the UK. By 2040, this figure will rise to 5.3 million. With your help we can do more for people living with cancer, giving each person the support they need to look after all that matters and take care of their health, protect personal relationships and deal with work and money worries. We want to help everyone with cancer find their best way through, from the moment of diagnosis, so they’re able to live life as fully as they can. You can be someone who makes that happen. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0300 1000 200 or visit our website.
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity makes a difference to the 276,000 children treated at the hospital each year, by supporting excellence in treatment, research and care. This can include the purchase of specialist equipment to diagnose and treat our young patients more quickly, supporting the creation of a warm, child-friendly environment, and funding pioneering medical research. By running for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, you could directly benefit poorly patients and help to make a difference for every child, every day!
St Ann’s Hospice cares and helps around 3,000 patients and their families and carers every year who are affected by cancer and non-cancer life limiting illnesses. We deliver care that is special and unique to each individual person. Around 40% of inpatients at St Ann’s Hospice return home after treatment. We provide care on 3 sites and in people’s own homes, working in partnership with acute hospitals, primary care trusts, community services and voluntary organisations.
Barnardo's supports around 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers across over 1,000 different services, including adoption and fostering, young carers and child sexual exploitation. With the support from runners like you, we can continue our work in these areas, so please join Team Barnardo's for the 2021 Great Manchester Run.
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. As an emergency response organisation, we change and save lives every single day of the year. Whether it is a global event like an earthquake or a house fire in our local community, the Red Cross will often be the first on the scene and the last to leave. As well as emergency responses and international work, we also provide many vital services right here in Greater Manchester, including wheelchair loans for adults and children (free of charge), A&E discharge and support, First Aid training, Refugee Support as well as local Emergency Responses. We need to continue raising funds to keep these vital services running.
Diabetes UK are leading the fight against the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, to create a world where diabetes can do no harm. There are currently 4.6 million people living with diabetes in the UK, and 12.3 million at risk of developing Type 2. Diabetes affects more people than any other serious health condition in the UK. More than dementia and cancer combined. That means we need to take action now. It's a fight that involves all of us – sharing knowledge and taking diabetes on together. Until we achieve our vision. Join the team and get amazing support and an unforgettable experience. If you have any questions get in touch on 0345 123 2399 or email us: email@example.com. We can’t wait to welcome you to our team.
HideOut Youth Zone provides a safe and inspiring place for thousands of young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with additional needs, to enjoy their leisure time. Located on Hyde Road in Gorton, HideOut Youth Zone is a charity dedicated to supporting Manchester’s young people by providing three things they need and deserve – somewhere safe to go, something positive to do and someone trusted to talk to.
Inside the Youth Zone, young people are welcomed by friendly, qualified staff and a team of committed volunteers. We are open whenever school is closed for young people, ensuring they have the opportunity to take part in over 20 fun and engaging activities every day including sports, arts, music, media, dance, drama and much more. Employability workshops and support is available for anyone who needs help getting into employment, education or training. Inside our enterprise suite, we encourage individuals to dream big and develop their entrepreneurial skills.
The Stroke Association are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. We deliver stroke services across the UK, campaign for better stroke care, invest in research and fundraise to expand our reach to as many stroke survivors as possible. There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK with 100,000 strokes happening in the UK each year. That’s one stroke every five minutes. We believe in life after stroke and rely on your support to change lives and prevent stroke. With your support, together we can conquer stroke. and prevent stroke.
The Lewy Body Society (LBS) registered charity, established in 2006, the first registered Charity in Europe which is exclusively concerned with dementia with Lewy bodies. The charity's mission is to raise awareness of Lewy body dementia amongst the general public and educate those in the medical profession and decision-making positions about all aspects of the disease as well as to support and fund research into the disease. For thirteen years the LBS has raised awareness, provided support and information, and funded research into DLB, which is the second most frequent cause of age-related neurodegenerative dementia.
Cancer kills more young people in the UK than any other disease. Right now, for every young person we support, there's another we can't. Run with us so that together, we can reach more young people with cancer. We'll support you with expert training and fundraising advice and lots of support on the day. You'll love being part of #TeamTeenageCancer so much, you'll never want to leave.
Tim Bacon Foundation raises money with support from friends and colleagues in and around the Hospitality Industry with the declared aim of supporting Charities who help people live with cancer.
There are also charity places available with (please contact the charity directly):
A Smile for a Child
Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary
British Hen Welfare Trust
Cerebral Palsy Sport
Child Bereavement UK
Children’s Adventure Farm Trust
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice
George House Trust
Greater Manchester Youth Network
Kidney Care UK
Kidneys For Life
Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research
Little Princess Trust
Manchester Aid to Kosovo
Meningitis Research Foundation
Michael Carrick Foundation
MS Therapy Centre (NW)
North West Air Ambulance Charity
Orphans in Need
Paws for Kids (Endeavour Project)
People First Independent Advocacy
Prevent Breast Cancer
Royal Voluntary Service
SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity
Solving Kids’ Cancer
Target Ovarian Cancer
The Charile Gard Foundation
The Childrens Society
The Lockton Charitable Association
The Mariposa Trust
The Neuromuscular Centre
The Rossendale Trust
The Vegan Society
Young Lives vs Cancer