To find out more about the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run and to enter, visit: Greatrun.org/Manchester

This year, there are a whopping 29 entertainment points along the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10K and half marathon course covering all bases including Manchester anthems, local bands, a ladies’ choir, a classical ensemble – and even a good old samba band.

And of course you’re guaranteed a warm welcome from the people of this fantastic city who turn out every year to support the runners taking part.

Our advice is to ditch the headphones and soak up the good-time atmosphere that this iconic event generates – get ready for a massive Manchester party as you take on your running challenge on Sunday 19 May.

Hacienda Supports the Great Manchester Run

Whether you were actually there, or just wish you had been, the spirit of the legendary Hacienda lives on in the hearts of party people everywhere.

To give you that much needed boost, just as the finish line comes into view, get ready for a brand-new support zone under the Deansgate Arches.

With a playlist by the New Order and Joy Division co-founder Peter Hook, a massive sound system, disco lights and even a smoke machine, we want to see those hands up until you're right across the line.

LGBT+ cheer point in association with The Proud Trust

You’ll also experience a true Manchester party as we’ve partnered with the Proud Trust to create an LGBT+ cheer point, complete with a DJ, colourful balloon towers and supporters.

The LGBT+ cheer point, which will be positioned at mile 11.5 of the half marathon and 7.5 km in the 10k, is set to be an explosion of colour, with branded banners and flags, rainbows and balloon stacks, celebrating the importance of the LGBT+ community in the city.

The zone will feature a team of 20 volunteers from the Proud Trust, with DJ Zoe McVeigh, who will be playing loud, LGBT+ music to motivate runners on their challenge.

Clint Boon’s Boon Army Stage

He calls it his favourite gig of the year, so we’ve decided to move him so you can now see and hear him twice – at 2.5k and 8.5k of the 10k route.

Half marathon runners will also see Clint just before mile 9 and just after mile 12.

The DJ and Inspiral Carpets keyboardist will take you into the world of Madchester, blasting out the city’s most famous anthems from the Stone Roses, Oasis and James.

DJ Helen Stelling Holt

Local Manchester DJ and model, Helen Stelling Holt, will play upbeat party house music, R&B funk and disco tunes at Old Trafford.

Helen Holt is originally from Newcastle but has lived in Manchester for a decade and is best known in the city for her DJ skills and modelling.

Multi- talented Helen also works at plush city centre restaurant and performance venue Menagerie @menageriemcr as their VIP Relationship Manager.

Helen has DJ’d all over the world for many brands and events such as Manchester United, MAC Cosmetics, Missguided and UNICEF in Los Angeles, Majorica, Ibiza, London and New York as well as numerous private parties and venues in Manchester. She plays a bit of everything from Commercial House & RnB, Disco and Indie.

Halle Youth Ensemble Band

The famous orchestra are back, located outside Bridgewater Hall on the first mile. Listen out for some recognisable pieces expertly performed by young members of Manchester’s symphony orchestra, which will be sure to inspire you as you set off on your half marathon or 10K journey.

Bloco Mente Samba Band

As you head up Mancunian Way for the very first time, Grafton’s very own Blocco Mente Samba Band will be at mile 2 and 7 of the half marathon to put a spring in your step and get you dancing all the way to the finish line.

Chorlton Ladies Choir

If you’re taking on the half marathon, you will be treated to the vocal talents of the Chorlton Ladies Choir, who will be serenading runners with covers of Manchester favourites Oasis and Elbow.

Dobcross Youth Band

The Dobcross Youth Band will appear just up the road from DJ Helen Stelling Holt – and will provide a slight change of pace. The Saddleworth-based brass band will be playing a range of music from their repertoire including hymns and film tunes, so keep an ear out!

Batala Drums

Nothing gets the energy going like a drum band, and the people from Batala Mersey will be driving runners through 6k of the 10k and mile 11 of the half marathon with their rhythmic beats inspired by traditional reggae and samba groups from around the world.

Greatest Hits Radio - Wall of Sound

Thye Greatest Hits wall of sound team will be positioned in Trafford. They will have cheer team in 70s and 80s gear to match the music they will play to motivate runners past the half way point of the 10k and mile 10.5 of the half marathon.

Garmin Forerunner Zone

As runners head past 3k and 9 mile, they’ll enter the Garmin Forerunner Zone, full of branding, towers and loud music which is sure to inspire you to want to Beat Yesterday.

Lululemon Cheer Zone

Just before you hit the Hacienda Zone, you’ll reach the zone supported by Lululemon, the official sportswear partner of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, who will be positioned at 9.5k and just after 8 miles.

Expect to see a huge stage manned by cheering supporters, accompanied by booming and motivational music to push you towards the final straight!

Manchester University Go Zone

Supporters from Manchester University have created a special Go Zone to cheer runners through their challenge on both the 10k and half marathon. Expect their Go Zone to be a burst of colour and noise, with a PA system, balloons and cheering students!

ENGIE Support Zone

Engie, the official energy partner of the Great Run Series has got your support team covered on course. At mile 8.5 and 2k, they’ll be cheering runners on with the help of a live band and a special support zone.

They’ll be offering message boards out to spectators, so ask your team to write down some encouraging words of wisdom to keep you going!

Hits Radio - Wall of Sound

Close to the Lululemon cheer point, the team from Hits Radio will have their huge wall of sound before you approach the finish.

Dig in for the final push and you’ll nail that finish line celebration!

Chorus Choirs

Manchester’s inspiring Chorus Choir group will be singing the half marathon runners on their way at the Etihad Campus. Be sure to listen out for an inspirational song or two from the huge number of members who will look to entertain the thousands who pass at mile 5.

Kellogg’s Special K

At around the half-way point of the 10k and at mile 10 of the half marathon, you’ll enter Kellogg’s Special K, a branded kilometre supported by the event’s snack bar and cereal partner Kellogg’s.

The kilometre is close to Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, where you’ll then turn round to head back to the city centre, facing thousands who are also heading up on the same journey.

Charity Cheer Buses

If you are one of the thousands of runners taking part to raise money for good causes, then keep an eye out for the charity cheer buses on the route.

The big red London style buses will be branded up with each charity’s colours – listen out for your own personalised shout-out if you are decked out in your charity vest!

This year we have seven buses, including Diabetes UK, Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Macmillan, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Charity and The Christie.

Spinningfields Oast House Stage

After your 10k or half marathon challenge, runners can head towards Spinningfields to watch a host of outdoor entertainment, taking place at the Oast House.

The outdoor bar area in the heart of Spinningfields will boast a stage and various music acts from 11am to 3pm, featuring local artists who work with Manchester Aid to Kosovo,  and whose patron is Damon Gough (Badly Drawn Boy).

Artists will also include 1000 Sins and Ellysse Mason with her band, plus acoustic performers including Steve Ballinger.

From 3pm, the Tim Bacon Foundation take over the stage with a DJ and a post-run party - it’s the perfect way to celebrate completing your challenge!

To find out more about the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run and to enter, visit: Greatrun.org/Manchester