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Sunday 28 May 2017

Brand new
half marathon, and 10k


Distance Half Marathon & 10K
Price Half Marathon - £44 per entry, 10K - £38 per entry
Location Manchester City Centre
Date 28 May 2017
Age Half marathon: 17 yrs old, 10k: 15 yrs old

Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run


If you're looking for a running event where you can experience a true Manchester welcome, then look no further! Not only will the hugely popular 10k return to the city on Sunday 28 May, there is now a brand new addition to the day in the form of a half marathon (now sold out, but charity places are still available, see 'Run for Charity' page for details).

This is your chance to be part of a fantastic weekend of running in the city of Manchester.

Demand for this event is high and with the half marathon already full, make sure you secure your 10k place today!


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 University Go Zone at 8.5k offers even more music, encouragement and a jelly bean or two for that extra lift. 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.

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


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 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.


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


How to enter

choose your distance

Half Marathon

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

Find a charity


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