To enter the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, click here

Experience a running event like no other on Sunday 19 May and remember, no matter how you get to the start-line, do something to show them what you’re made of.

Both the 10k and half marathon will provide an atmosphere like no other, with bands on the run, charity cheer points and musical entertainment to keep you going on your running journey. But it’s the energy, perseverance and passion of Mancunian runners that continues to make the event a must-do in the city.

Here, we highlight 11 moments at the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run that gave us all the feels.

1. When it means everything

Martin Hibbert was left paralysed from the waist down after the Manchester Arena bombing, but defied the odds and took part in the 2018 event in a racing wheelchair alongside former Paralympian Richie Powell and best friend Lee Freeman.

 

2. Ella Chadwick’s defiance

The charity fundraiser and Pride of Britain winner was born with Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome, a rare illness which causes kidney failure. Ella survived 40 gruelling operations in the first six years of her life before having a lifesaving kidney donated from her grandmother.

 

3. Generations of support

Come rain or shine, the support along the course is second to none.

 

4. When it doesn’t matter how long it takes

It doesn’t matter how you run, why you run, or how fast you go; everyone is a hero when they cross the finish line at the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run.

 

5. Jerry Ward’s determination 

In 2007, the airline pilot suffered a serious spinal-cord injury whilst swimming in the sea in Mexico. After being left paralysed, he introduced Fatty's Big Push in 2008, and every year since has been pushed around the 10k by his friends, colleagues and family.

 

6. Finishing with a kiss

Crossing the line with a loved one makes the training and hard work worth it.

 

7. Forming friendships on the way

Thousands of people taking on their own personal challenge = thousands of friends to make along the way.

 

8. When there’s always a reason

Young or old, there’s always a reason to run… and millions of pounds is raised for charities and good causes every year at the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run.

 

9. Family love at the finish

Run, walk or jog… it doesn’t matter how you get round; the support of your family and friends will make it all worthwhile.

 

10. Closing the motorway

For one day only, Mancunian Way is gridlocked with people instead of cars, as thousands of runners tackle the half marathon course.

 

11. When young runners turn into charity cheerers

Once the Simplyhealth Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run has taken place, many young runners make their way to the course to support the 10k runners in the afternoon.

To enter the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, click here