adidas Manchester Marathon
Sun 27 Apr 2025

adidas Manchester Marathon

Experience the UK’s friendliest and flattest major marathon with huge crowd support on a route with PB potential plus chunky medals and relay options.

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  • Sun 27 Apr 2025

adidas Manchester Marathon



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!


  • UK's second largest marathon

    One of the most popular marathons in the world and the fourth-largest in Europe, with over 30,000 runners expected this year!

  • Flat, fast and friendly

    For runners of all abilities with huge crowd support on route and great PB potential. You won't be short of motivation in Manchester!

  • Relay options

    Join forces with friends or colleagues to complete the 26.2 miles in a team of two or four.

  • T-shirt and chunky medal

    Fitting rewards for your efforts plus many other treats on-the-day.

Event video

  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams
  • Wheelchair users


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. 

  • Bag storage
  • Entertainment
  • Paid parking
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Talbot Road
Greater Manchester
M16 0PX

  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • Entertainment
  • First aid
  • Flat
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • PB
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Water stations
  • Wave start
  • Way markers

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.

Route preview video


Starting and finishing from Old Trafford with motivational activity points along the way.

  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy
  • Trees not tees

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:

Sustainability summary

  • Recycle as much as possible
  • Separate waste
  • Partnerships to encourage sustainable training
  • Springwater bottles made from 51% - 100% recycled plastic
  • Drop zones and additional receptacles to encourage runners to deposit bottles in a place they can easily be recycled
  • Race packs/pre-event communications digital rather than paper-based
  • Recyclable paper envelopes
  • Green Runner option to forego the t-shirt/medal in favour of donating to support The Ocean Cleanup
  • Medals ordered early to ensure delivery by sea rather than air freight
  • Any remaining medals recycled
  • Finisher t-shirts are eco-friendly using 50% recycled polyester
  • Donate remaining t-shirts/unanted clothing to charity

  • Chip timing
  • Eco medal
  • Eco t-shirt
  • Event app
  • iTAB
  • Training plan

Running the adidas Manchester Marathon will earn you a chunky medal that embodies the bold, vibrant atmosphere of the race and its city.


  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising support
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

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.

Benefits of running for charity

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:

  • Fundraising support

    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.

  • Training support

    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.

  • Branded running kit

    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.

  • Support on the day

    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!

  • Post-race recovery

    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.

  • Exclusive social groups

    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.

What are charity places?

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?

  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Charity entries open
  • Charity places
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Race pack by post
  • Series discount
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Entries to the 2024 adidas Manchester Marathon are now sold out! You can now sign up for Priority Access to the 2025 event.

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

I love this race. I always enter this race every year because it is fast and quick and the crowds are amazing. High recommended. Ryan W

Fantastic event which was well organised from start to finish. Loved seeing all of the signs each time we ran through a new town or villiage on route. There was plenty of aid stations throughout and the event was supported throughout. Heidi S

The race was very well organised, lots and lots of support all the way around. The residents were even out on their driveways with music, sweeties and tons and tons of encouragement. Joanne G

Amazing first marathon!!! So good that I signed up the day after for 2019's run! Loads of support from the best supporters and definitely beginner friendly run. Catherine F

My first ever marathon and i wasn't disappointed. Flat course and the crowds were awesome. Frank W

This was my second year running Manchester, I love this marathon, probably my favourite one to date, the support is second to none, the course is great, the medal and tshirt are superb, the marshalls and over all organisation of the whole weekend is brilliant, plenty of water and energy supplements! Vicci M

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