Training For The Great Manchester Run

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Your 12-week plan to go from gentle jogger to 10 kilometre ace

With just twelve weeks to go until the Great Manchester Run now is the time to dust off those trainers and get running.

Entries are open now, so if you are thinking of signing up there’s no better time to do it. From charity fundraisers to club runners, and those looking to smash their personal best the event welcomes participants of all abilities. And whether you’re a new runner or building up to a longer distance we have the perfect plan to prepare you to be your greatest on Sunday 26 September.

Here are some tips to help you get run ready for September.

Set a goal

Whatever your reason for running, it’s important to have something to aim for – whether you’re looking to finish in a particular time or you just want to make it to the finish line without stopping.

The average 10k time typically falls between 55 and 70 minutes. To finish at around an hour will require a pace of 10 minutes per mile.

If you’ve run this distance before, you will likely have a time in mind, whether that’s matching or beating your previous time. It doesn’t have to be about the time though, if this is your first run maybe you just want to jog all of the way, or if you are running for charity it could be about your fundraising goal.

Set a goal that’s personal to you and got for it.


The challenge of taking part in the Great Manchester Run is not just getting through the day, it’s also the preparation ahead of the event.

Having a set plan can help you stick to your training.

Decide how many times a week you will run, what type of runs you will do and most importantly when you are going to fit them in. When you’ve worked out the plan to suit your running, help yourself stick to it by writing them on a calendar or setting reminders on your phone.

What will keep you moving?

Training with a friend can keep you both on track, or is it a killer playlist you need to keep you pounding the streets to the beat? Find what works for you – something that gives you an extra boost can make all the difference.

Get run ready in 12 Weeks

The Great Manchester Run has a range of training plans to guide runners through the weeks up to the big day.

A typical plan is usually around 12 weeks long and will include an average of three or four runs per week with a mix of easy runs and faster runs. An easy run is moving at a pace where you could hold a short conversation with someone running next to you

Training plans are available at

Enter a running event sooner rather than later!

There’s no better motivator to train than having a deadline. So sign up to take your place on the start line of the city’s GREATEST running event!

The Great Manchester Run, on Sunday 26 September, takes participants on an entertainment-packed 10k and half marathon journey, with roaring crowds cheering you on every step of the way.

Starting in the heart of the city on Portland Street, runners will soak up the atmosphere and music all the way to the finish line in Deansgate, passing iconic entertainment and cheer zones every kilometre of the course.

So if you’re looking for the greatest start line, the greatest atmosphere, the greatest support and the greatest course, then be part of this year’s Great Manchester Run. Enter at

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