Great Manchester Run

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2019 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run - we hope you had a brilliant day! If you fancy doing it all again, or have been inspired by the amazing runners taking part, why not sign up to next year's event, which takes place on Sunday 24 May. 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 24 May. 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 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run Half Marathon WAVE 1 (Red)
09:10 Start of the Simplyhealth 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 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k Elite Wheelchair start
12:40 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k Elite Women start
12:55 Warm-up starts (Orange and White Waves)
13:02 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
Start area opens for Purple and Blue Waves
13:50 Warm-up starts (Purple and Blue Waves)
13:55 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k Purple Wave start
14:00 BBC coverage finishes
14:05 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k Blue Wave start
Start area opens for Green Wave
14:25 Warm-up starts (Green Wave)
14:30 Simplyhealth 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  Simplyhealth 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!

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


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 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.