Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run

If you’re already entered, read on for all the information you’ll need for the big day. Your run number will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before and we’ll be in touch by email to keep you up to date with everything you need to know. In the meantime, if you need any help just get in touch with our customer services team.


The Courses

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!

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

ELEVATION PROFILE FOR THE 10K >

ELEVATION PROFILE FOR THE HALF MARATHON >

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Simplyhealth is supporting you every step of the way. From expert training, nutrition and injury prevention advice on Simplyhealth-train-and-prepare; through to our new stretch zone at the finish line and beyond, to post-event recovery.


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Travel and accommodation

Book your 2018 Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run accommodation with our Official Travel Partner, Nirvana and experience a stress-free event weekend.

Nirvana's dedicated team provide all of the necessary services to ensure you enjoy your trip to the North West as much as possible. To view all of Nirvana’s travel and accommodation options and/or book online, please visit NirvanaEurope.com, email greatrun@nirvanaeurope.com or call 0191 2571750 if you would prefer to speak to a member of the Nirvana team.

Nirvana

With accommodation options available within a 5 minute walk of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run start line, why look anywhere else?

What are the benefits of booking your accommodation through Nirvana?

  • Nirvana offer the best available accommodation to meet the requirements of all participants & supporters;
  • Nirvana arrange an early breakfast on event day morning;
  • Nirvana request luggage storage, whilst you attend the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run;
  • Nirvana request shower facilities, so you can freshen up after the run.

To view all of Nirvana’s travel and accommodation options and/or book online, please visit NirvanaEurope.com, email greatrun@nirvanaeurope.com or call 0191 2571750 if you would prefer to speak to a member of the Nirvana team.

Accommodation

Roads around the city centre, Trafford and Etihad stadium will be temporarily closed to traffic from 18-20 May.

Transport for Greater Manchester have pulled together their advice to help make your day run as smoothly as possible. You can view this here.

For live updates on the day follow @OfficialTfGM on Twitter.

Download our guide to road closure and reopening times > here

Road Closures

Get 10% off travel to Great Run

Take the train to your event and arrive in the heart of the city, ready to hit the Great Run starting line right on time. Book your travel to your Great Run event with TransPennine Express and get an extra 10% off Advance Purchase fares. Visit tpexpress.co.uk/greatrun for more information.

With direct services into Manchester you can sit back, relax and leave the car at home.

Full terms and conditions for Advance Purchase Fares available here

By bus and rail

Great Run Local

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

JOIN US NOW  

Great Run Local

Great Runners Welcome Here

To find out more about the Great Runners Welcome Here scheme click here.

Your Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run offers:

  • Chancellors Hotel

    Present your Run number or medal to receive 20% discount off all food and drink 1 - 31st May 2018 at Chancellors Hotel - choose from our tasty menu, daily specials, afternoon tea and more. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. No cash alternative.
    Chancellors Way off Moseley Road
    Fallowfields
    Manchester
    Greater Manchester
    M14 6NN


  • Croma Manchester

    Free glass of prosecco to any runners finishing the Manchester 10k run on Sunday 20 May 2018. Bring your winners medal with you . Valid when dining with us.
    Croma pizza
    1-3 Clarence street
    Manchester
    Manchester
    Manchester
    M2 4de


  • Evuna Deansgate

    Event day only. Bookings in advance recommended. Free glass of cava for every runner when dining with us after the run.
    277-279 Deansgate
    Manchester
    Greater Manchester
    M3 4EW


  • Impossible

    Free glass of Prosecco for all medal holders, available 12-7pm Sunday 20th May
    36 Peter Street
    Manchester
    Greater Manchester
    M2 5QR


  • Virtual Hideout Manchester

    Offer valid for all of May. E-mail hello@virtualhideoutmanchester.com with the code Runrunrun and a Virtual Reality experience for 2 people will be discounted to £15 (Normally £20 off peak, £30 peak).
    Unit I, J and K
    Deansgate Mews
    Great Northern
    Manchester
    Greater Manchester
    M3 4EN


  • Comptoir Libanais

    Free homemade lemonade when you buy a main course
    18-19 THE AVENUE
    SPINNINGFIELDS
    Manchester
    Greater Manchester
    M3 3HF


  • Dirty Martini

    All participants in the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run who show their medal receive a complimentary glass of prosecco at Dirty Martini
    1 Peter Street
    Manchester
    United Kingdom
    M2 5QR


  • Evuna Northern Quarter

    Celebrate with us in style! Join us for a complementary glass of cava when you dine with us at either Deansgate or Northern Quarter after the race. Bookings in advance recommended. Event day only.
    79 Thomas Street
    Manchester
    Greater Manchester
    M4 1LQ


  • The Grill on New York Street Manchester

    20% off all roast dinners and a complimentary glass of prosecco for every runner.
    The Grill on New York Street
    New York Street
    Manchester
    Greater Manchester
    M1 4BD


  • Wahaca

    Free margarita with every runners' medal on Sunday 20th of May when ordering other items from the street food menu.
    The Corn Excahnge
    Manchester
    Manchester
    M4 3TR


Elites and Club Runners

Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Simplyhealth 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 after the 1st January 2016.

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 elite@greatrun.org 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

We offer overall prize money and British only prize money. Prize money is to be confirmed for 2019.

*British athletes can collect both prize structures.

 

Prize Structure 10K

Prize money is available for British athletes only at this event. This is to be confirmed for 2019.

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.

Prize money is to be confirmed for 2019.

Great Club Challenge

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: www.visitmanchester.com.

About Manchester