IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE

We would like to advise entrants that the Great Manchester Run can no longer take place on 24th May.  The decision has been taken following government advice on slowing the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). In addition, organisers have acknowledged the increased pressure on public services that the coronavirus outbreak is causing.

We are happy to say that we have secured a new date and the event will now go ahead on 6th September. We understand the commitment and dedication you make when you enter one of our events and we would not take any decision to cancel or postpone lightly.

All entries will be transferred to the new date and entrants will receive an email with full details. If you are unable to participate on 6th September we will offer a refund of your entry fee, less an administrative fee of £5 as outlined in the event terms and conditions at the point of booking. This fee covers some of but not all of the costs we have already been committed, such as fees charged to us to process the original booking, staff time and supplier costs, and third party payment providers. This is very much in line with other event and ticket providers across the industry. Your refund will be credited to the debit or credit card you used at the point of payment. To request a refund please contact us by email at: manchester2020@greatrun.org by 30 June.

We hope you will not be too disappointed at waiting a little longer and we look forward to seeing you on the start line on 6th September.

Great Manchester Run

The Great Manchester Run 10k and half marathon returns to the city centre on the new date of Sunday 6th September. With the greatest course, the greatest support, the greatest atmosphere and the greatest start line... This event is one not to be missed! 99% of participants would recommend to a friend, so why don't you come and experience the Great Manchester Run for yourself? We hope to see you there!


The run numbers will start to arrive with participants approx. 2 weeks prior to the event weekend. They are posted to the address that you entered when you registered for the event. 

We are unable to send run numbers outside of the UK as we cannot guarantee their safe delivery. We will make them available for collection from our information marquee. 

This is your unique number, so only you must wear it on the day. 

Your timing chip is attached to the back of your run number, do not 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. Your chip doesn’t need to be returned at the end of the run. 

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 good to go, you can go straight to the start assembly area for your start time.

 

If you're not sure where to start when it comes to training for a 10k or half marathon, don't worry! We've got free 16 week beginner training plans for you to follow so that you're run-ready for Sunday 6 September. If you'd rather focus on beating a PB, we've got a 12 week improver training plan for you to download free of charge.

 

Plans for a 10k

 

Plans for a half marathon

 

Please see below for the 2019 timetable for reference, the 2020 timetable is TBC:

Time Half Marathon & 10k Timetable
07:30 Information desk opens
08:15 Start area opens for half marathon
08:50 Warm-up starts (half marathon)
09:00 Start of the Great Manchester Run Half Marathon WAVE 1 (Red)
09:10 Start of the Great Manchester Run Half Marathon WAVE 2 (Red & White)
11:30 Baggage buses open for 10k
12:00 Start area opens for 10k Orange Wave
BBC coverage starts
12:15 Start area opens for 10k White Wave
12:25 Great Manchester Run 10k Elite Wheelchair start
12:40 Great Manchester Run 10k Elite Women start
12:55 Warm-up starts (Orange and White Waves)
13:02 Great Manchester Run 10k Elite Men & Fast Paced Club Runners and Orange Wave start
13:25 Great Manchester Run 10k White Wave start
Start area opens for Purple and Blue Waves
13:50 Warm-up starts (Purple and Blue Waves)
13:55 Great Manchester Run 10k Purple Wave start
14:00 BBC coverage finishes
14:05 Great Manchester Run 10k Blue Wave start
Start area opens for Green Wave
14:25 Warm-up starts (Green Wave)
14:30 Great Manchester Run 10k Green Wave start

*NB. Timetable is provisional and times are subject to change.

We recommend arriving ready to run and leaving any valuables with family or friends. However, if this is not possible participants will be able to leave bags in the baggage-drop area. 

Remove the baggage label (which is attached to your run number), fill in the details and secure the label your bag before leaving them in the baggage area.

 

10K Course Map

Half Marathon Course Map


Take a look at what the Great Manchester Run Half Marathon course has in store for you! 

We’ve got a great Bands on the Run programme for you with regular music zones across the half-marathon and 10k routes with local DJs, live bands, choirs, drummers and cheering points from the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Care, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, The Christie, Alzheimer’s Society and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust cheer bus.
 
A number of our partners will also be on course to cheer you on with branded zones. These include the Garmin Forerunner zone at 3k and 8k on the 10k course and 9 miles and 12 miles on the half marathon course, the ‘Special K (Kilometre)’ at 4k on the 10k and 10 miles on the half marathon, the Lululemon Zone at 8.5k on the 10k and 12.5 miles on the half and the ENGIE support zone at 2k and 9k of the 10k course and 8.5 miles and 12.5 miles on the half. 
 
Clint Boon’s Boon Army stage has been relocated so you hear him twice at 2.5k and 8.5k on the 10k and 9 miles and 12 miles on the half. Local Manchester DJ and model, Helen Stelling Holt, will play upbeat party house music, R&B funk and disco tunes at Old Trafford. Before you reach the finish line The Hacienda Zone has been introduced this year to create a club themed area, with a playlist created by Hacienda Club co-owner Peter Hook!
 

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

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!

EVENTS NEAR YOU
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

GRL Boggart Hole Clough: Every Sunday, 9.00am
Boggart Hole Clough Track, Charlestown Road, Manchester, M9 7DF

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Great Run Local

Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the 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 since January 1st of the previous year.

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 matt.turnbull@thegreatruncompany.com 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

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.

Great Club Challenge

Results from your run can be found by clicking here. Make sure the correct event is highlighted and then you can search by your run number or surname.

Visit the photo section of the website in the days following the run to view your event snaps. You can also download your Free Certificate from this page.

Our official photographers are Marathon Photos.