Today, we confirm the cancellation of the 2020 Great Manchester Run.

Despite pushing the date back from May to September, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic mean it isn’t possible to stage the event as planned this year.

We haven’t taken this decision lightly. Over the past few months, we’ve worked hard, and in close consultation with our medical teams, local authorities and key partners to try and find a way to run the Great Manchester Run which both observes social distancing rules, and, crucially, doesn’t impact on our local NHS. But, as things stand, and even as the situation improves, it isn’t going to be possible to meet these goals with any certainty, and so, with just under three months to go we have concluded that the best course of action is to cancel. 

We know how disappointing this is, but we’re sure everyone will understand why this decision has been made.

Thank you for your patience and continued support at this challenging time.

Great Manchester Run

Runners without a charity place can roll their entry into the next Great Manchester Run, scheduled for 23rd May 2021. Simply complete the roll over form before 1st of August - there's nothing to pay and your entry is secured. 
We've also created two challenges to keep runners motivated and recognise the hard work and commitment to training already. Find out more about the We Love Manchester Active Challenge and #MyGreatManchesterRun below.


If you do not wish to roll your entry over then you will receive a refund. You don’t need to do anything to claim this, we will process it automatically to the card from which the entry was paid.  The refund will be the cost of entry minus a £5 administrative fee, as detailed in the terms and conditions at the point of entry. This fee covers some, but not all, of the costs we have already committed, such as fees charged to us to process the original booking, staff and supplier costs, and third-party payment providers. This is very much in line with other event and ticket providers across the industry. You can view our FAQs below for more information about the refund. Please note this refund will be processed after 31st July.

Please note: If you have already requested a refund of your entry fee at our original postponement and still want to claim a refund, then you do not need to do anything further. If at this point however you wish to change your mind, you can choose instead to roll your entry over to the next event rather than receive your refund - you can do this by clicking the button above and completing the roll over form and your original refund request will be cancelled.

Charity Runners

We have communicated the cancellation with charities. If you have a charity place, they will be in touch with you directly in the coming days or weeks to confirm the process for securing your place in the next Great Manchester Run. Please can we ask that you wait for information from your charity before you contact us with questions. You cannot use the roll over form to transfer your entry.

We Love Manchester Active Challenge

We want to give you a challenge to stay motivated and also celebrate what would have been Great Manchester Run weekend. By taking part you are supporting the We Love Manchester charity.

The We Love Manchester Active Challenge is a chance for you to support your city and be active at the same time. What's more, everyone who completes the challenge will receive a special edition medal. Please note this challenge is separate to #MyGreatManchesterRun.

Starting on 10 August and finishing on 6 September, the day the Great Manchester Run was scheduled to take place, participants are challenged to complete a minimum of 15 activities (walk, jog or run) of any distance over 28 days. Find out more and enter here.

Join the challenge


If you entered the Great Manchester Run then we’d still like to give you your medal….

We know that event day is only part of the challenge and our runners have probably put in many miles towards training already. So, if you complete the 10k or half marathon distance any time between now and the weekend the event was due to take place (Sunday 6th September), we will send you a medal (at no cost to you).

All you have to do is submit a screenshot of your run on our webpage and we will post your medal to you. If you were taking on the challenge to raise money for charity, your medal proves you have met the challenge, share it with all those who may have sponsored you so that valuable money can still help your chosen charity. For more information, please see the FAQ section below.

In response to receiving lots of customer requests, we have made the #MyGreatManchesterRun challenge available to everyone. If you didn’t enter the 2020 Great Manchester Run but would like to take part, then you can join the challenge here. The challenge costs £10 to join and you will receive a medal for completing it. 

We'd love to see how you get on, so please feel share your screenshots and selfies on our social channels using #MyGreatManchesterRun.


We've put together a comprehensive list of questions and answers around the cancellation of the Great Manchester Run. If you have a query, please select the relevant question from the list below.

My Great Manchester Run is free for all 2020 Great Manchester Run entrants. The challenge is also open to non-entrants, and costs £10 to enter.
In line with Government advice, we suggest picking the day that suits you best and heading out for your 10k or half marathon run. Track your run on your smart phone or watch and save the workout.
To claim your event medal you need to confirm that you have completed your run by submitting a screenshot of your workout. When you have completed your run, upload your results here. To complete the results form, you will need to select the event you entered then enter your Great Run registration ID and date of birth which can be found on your entry confirmation email. You will then have an option to upload a screenshot of your run. Enter your delivery address and then submit. Medals will be posted out to you after Sunday 6th September.
If you have any queries please email:

If your place was secured via a charity, your charity will be in touch with you in the coming days or weeks to confirm the process for securing a place in the next Great Manchester Run.

The deadline for the decision is before 1st August 2020. Anyone who has not completed the roll over process by 23.59 on 31st July will be automatically refunded their entry fee (minus a £5 admin fee) and their place in the Great Manchester Run 2021 will be forfeited.

Unfortunately once you have completed the roll over process, you are not able to change your mind. You have until 1st August to decide which option to choose.

The fee covers, some, but not all, of the costs that have already been committed to, 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.

No. Once you have committed to withdraw your entry through deferral you cannot be reinstated into the event, therefore are not eligible for refund or roll over.

The refund process will begin once the deadline of 31st July has passed. It will take us a little while to process refunds, so we ask you to bear with us after this time whilst we process your refund.

Finisher t-shirts are not available for the Great Manchester Run, however you can still claim your medal provided you complete your Great Manchester Run distance between now and the event date (6th Sept) All entrants will receive an email with more details on this.

Businesses who have entered the Great Manchester Run Business Challenge will be given the option to roll their entries over into the next Great Manchester Run or claim a refund. Individual runners should wait to hear from their Business Challenge lead about their own place.

No. Rolled over entries from 2020 into 2021 are not eligible for transfer to others. If you can’t make 2021 then please do not roll your place over and claim the refund instead.

No. By requesting a refund you are forfeiting your Great Manchester Run entry and will not qualify for a guaranteed place in the next Great Manchester Run.

Fundraising isn't administered by The Great Run Company so you should contact the charity you have signed up with or check the guidance on your fundraising website (e.g. Just Giving, Virgin Money Giving).
Your donation is still important to the charity though, possibly even more so at this time, and you've already put in the hard work in your training so do consider still giving them your fundraising.
We are working on some big plans to still mark the occasion this year which you can use as the fundraising event. More details will follow shortly on this.

The terms and conditions are presented to all customers at the point of entering the event where all users must agree to them before proceeding with event entry. Great Run 2020 event entry terms and conditions are also available online for reference and can be found here.

The entry fee paid by all entrants who roll their places over from 2020 into the next Great Manchester Run will be honoured and they will not have to pay any additional fees.

If you select to roll your entry over, your iTAB purchase will also be rolled over into 2021. Anyone who has not completed the roll over process by 23.59 on 31st July will be automatically refunded their entry fee plus their iTAB (minus a £5 admin fee) and their place in the Great Manchester Run 2021 will be forfeited.

Your 2020 entry rolled over into 2021 will be subject to the standard deferment policy should you decide to defer your place into the following year.

We will follow government guidance at all times and take the appropriate measures required to ensure the safety of the participants, staff, volunteers and the wider public, including potential spectators. We will consider all areas of the event to ensure that it is COVID secure including – social distancing, travel to/from the event, start/course/finish areas, feed stations, medical considerations, hygiene, spectators/residents/businesses and elite athlete management.

Any enquiries relating to travel and accommodation should be handled with your travel provider.
If you have used the services of Nirvana Europe, the Great Manchester Run official travel partner, please email them at

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