Great Manchester Run
The UK’s biggest 10k is back. Get ready for an unforgettable 10k or half marathon journey through the streets of Manchester. Starting in the heart of the city, runners soak up the buzzing atmosphere and booming Manc anthems all the way to the finish line on Deansgate.
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.
If you’re an Elite Athlete, you can find out more about Elite entry here.
Book With Confidence
We’ve put plans in place to ensure you can be COVID confident when you book a Great Run event in 2021.
- 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.
Run Up To Race Day!
Great Manchester Run Solo is the perfect training partner and designed to guide you through your training, keep you motivated and get you in start-line shape for event day.
The challenge is to complete 25 runs in the 8 weeks building up to the Great Manchester Run, from 2 August to 26 September.
It costs £15 to join, however if you have an entry into the Great Manchester Run the challenge price is discounted to £12.50. Your entry fee includes a unique finishers medal, access to our online tracking tool and support throughout the challenge.
If you already have a place in the Great Manchester Run, follow the link below to find out more and enter Great Manchester Run Solo.
If you are yet to enter the Great Manchester Run, you can choose to take part in Great Manchester Run Solo on entry.
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ENGIE 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 ENGIE 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.
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.
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 as well as access to all event information
- 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.
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.
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.
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
British Hen Welfare Trust
Cerebral Palsy Sport
Child Bereavement UK
Children’s Adventure Farm Trust
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice
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
North West Air Ambulance Charity
Paws for Kids (Endeavour Project)
People First Independent Advocacy
Prevent Breast Cancer
Royal Voluntary Service
SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity
Target Ovarian Cancer
The Charile Gard Foundation
The Childrens Society
The Lockton Charitable Association
The Mariposa Trust
The Neuromuscular Centre
The Vegan Society
Tommy’s, Together for every baby