Age 18 & over
All levels of runner are welcome to take on the 26.2 mile challenge at this premier UK running event, from superb elites to those who thought completing a marathon would never be possible.
With its fast course and electrifying atmosphere, any regular runners find this the ideal event to get a personal best time, whilst everybody finds the incredible Mancunian support throughout the course unforgettable.
It's quite simply a runner's oasis. Come and experience it for yourself this year!
One of the most popular marathons in the world and the fourth-largest in Europe, with over 30,000 runners expected this year!
For runners of all abilities with huge crowd support on route and great PB potential. You won't be short of motivation in Manchester!
Join forces with friends or colleagues to complete the 26.2 miles in a team of two or four.
Fitting rewards for your efforts plus many other treats on-the-day.
Take on the distance in a team of 2 or 4!
If 26.2 miles sounds a little too daunting, why not team up with friends, family or colleagues to cover the distance between you?
The Manchester Marathon relay offers both two and four-person relay options, with each person covering part of the course. Each member of the relay team will receive a chunky medal and t-shirt when they finish.
All Para-Athletes are welcome including elite racing wheelchairs, assisted and unassisted day wheelchairs and racerunners. All athletes must complete the race within the 6hrs 30 minute cut-off time. Please note, hand-cycles are not currently permitted.
Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Run through Manchester's vibrant city and enjoy its rich heritage, including the historic city centre and the Theatre of Dreams itself, Old Trafford.
The course weaves through central Manchester and local communities, with a flat profile that allows you to pick up the pace.
This event is constantly striving to improve sustainability to reduce its impact on the environment.
The approach is to ensure that the event is run as sustainably as possible to minimise its impact on the planet with the familiar 'reduce, re-use and recycle' ethos at the forefront.
Here are the areas of progress made so far:
Running the adidas Manchester Marathon will earn you a chunky medal that embodies the bold, vibrant atmosphere of the race and its city.
Every year thousands of runners take part in this event and fundraise for charity. While this is hugely beneficial to the charities it gives the runner advantages too, from supporting a cause that is close to your heart to securing a place in this highly sought-after event and much more.
Committing to raising money for charity gives you motivation to get outside and run, plus all of these extras which will elevate your event experience:
Charities know that raising money is all part of the challenge, which is why they provide advice, branded materials and a personalised online fundraising page to help the donations roll in. Think videos for social media, branded imagery and testimonials from previous runners.
Whether this is your first run or your fifth, you'll need to train for it! You'll receive an in-depth training plan with guidance, plus many charities have access to expert coaches and elite runners too, who can provide exclusive tips for your race preparation. Experts include Runningwithus, Full Potential and Olympic champs.
When you show up on the day, people need to be able to see clearly that you're supporting a charity. Most charities will give you a branded and personalised t-shirt or vest to run in on the big day, and often a training top too.
When you're partway through your run and your energy is flagging, what you need is a boost from cheering spectators to keep you moving. Many charities set up a cheer station along the route, keeping an eye out for you to send up a huge cheer as you run past!
Refreshments and an indulgent post-race sports massage are often provided by charities for their runners. This is the perfect way to recover alongside other people who have run for that cause.
You won't be the only person running for that charity, so it's well worth meeting other runners through the charity's invite-only social media pages! You can organise to meet up for training runs, chat with the charity's expert coaches and share tips and stories with each other to keep the motivation levels running high.
Charities buy places in this event, then give them to runners who agree to raise money for the charity – these are called charity places. Charity places are a great way to support a good cause and get a place in the event, especially if general/ballot entries are closed.
Running a marathon and charity fundraising go hand-in-hand - which charity will you run for?
These charities have places in the event. To secure your place, select a charity, complete the form and follow the instructions.
No one should have to face cancer alone.
For a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
Transforming the lives of people with epilepsy through world-leading research, advocacy and care.
Find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
Charity entries are available from free + sponsorship pledge.
Lovely race with amazing crowds. Really well organised and easy to get to event village. Frequent water stations with loads of gels. Not too crowded to run in, after a few miles there is loads of room. Great PB course; one of the flattest in the country. Fab medal and t-shirt. Jo H
Great atmosphere. Lots of spectators and support. Live roadside entertainment. Aid stations with energy gels. Lots of transport links into Manchester... Overall great marathon. Well worth doing. John H
My first marathon. The route was mainly flat with a couple of hills towards the latter part of the race. Crowd support was amazing and the organisation of the event was also very good. Great tshirt and medal. I would do this one again. Lynsey K
This is still one of my favourite marathons. Easier than London and the way things are with London these days my 'go-to' marathon. Manchester is a brilliant city with great links in and around it. Plenty of hotels to stay at. The race itself is just as good as all the other big marathons in the uk with tons of crowd support. Only a few short moments where there isn't someone shouting your name... I got my PB this time which was previously in London. Just a good all round event for the whole weekend. Daniel D
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