Manchester

Manchester

Home to some of the UK's biggest running events and some sensational races!

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The UK's second largest city, Manchester is heaving with outdoor events, clubs and adventures - you'd expect nothing less from somewhere with active people and surrounded by rolling moors. Beyond the classic Great Manchester Run, there are a wide range of events to choose from - use this page to explore them all.

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Manchester features and events

Use the quick links below or keep browsing to explore marathons and more in Manchester!

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Marathons in Manchester

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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.
  • Sun 14 Apr
  • FREE-£30
  • Entries closed
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

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.

  • Entries closed
  • 26.2 miles road running

Half marathons in Manchester

Discover 13.1-mile races in Manchester, including the Great Manchester Run and Manchester Half Marathon. Sign up to our newsletter for event updates.

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Sign up for just £25 with a Team Stroke charity place (saving £26!) and get a running vest to wear with pride too! Make the miles count for stroke survivors.
  • Sun 26 May
  • £25 + £250 fundraising
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Great Manchester Run Half Marathon

Stroke Association

Sign up for just £25 with a Team Stroke charity place (saving £26!) and get a running vest to wear with pride too! Make the miles count for stroke survivors.

  • 13.1 miles road running
The city’s original and best-loved running event! It's a party from start to finish with a high-energy soundtrack and live music. Over 99% of Manchester runners say they’d recommend it to a friend.
  • Sun 26 May
  • £49
  • 10 charities
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Great Manchester Run Half Marathon

The city’s original and best-loved running event! It's a party from start to finish with a high-energy soundtrack and live music. Over 99% of Manchester runners say they’d recommend it to a friend.

  • 13.1 miles road running
Round off the season with a flat and fast half on fully closed roads with some of the best crowd support around and receive your chunky medal near Old Trafford.
  • Sun 13 Oct
  • £39.50
  • 10 charities
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Manchester Half Marathon

Round off the season with a flat and fast half on fully closed roads with some of the best crowd support around and receive your chunky medal near Old Trafford.

  • 13.1 miles road running
  • Sun 7 Apr
  • £26
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Run Heaton Park | Half Marathon

Join RunThrough Events for the Return of the Run Heaton 5k, 10k, Half Marathon & Kids Race of the 2024 Series!

  • 13.1 miles road running
  • Sun 7 Apr
  • £24
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Run Heaton Park | 10K

Join RunThrough Events for the Return of the Run Heaton 5k, 10k, Half Marathon & Kids Race of the 2024 Series!

  • 10 km road running
  • Sat 5 Oct
  • £47.70-£53
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

The Drop | Manchester | 15 Mile

We put you on a bus... We blindfold you... We take you to an unknown location... You have no tech, no map, no watch, no idea where you are... Will you make it back to HQ or be lost for ever?

  • 15 miles multi terrain running

Swims in Manchester

Browse outdoor swimming events here and sign up to our newsletter to get the latest event offers and updates.

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  • Sat 18 May
  • £15-£55
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Greater Manchester Swim

Enjoy a big Madchester welcome with swims from 5 miles to 500m! Super friendly, big and bold!

  • Fun run 3
  • Sat 6 Jul
  • £10-£95
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

MediaCityUK Swim Challenge

A top drawer Inner City endurance swim event that offers distances from 1.5-25km. Go big or go home!

  • Lake swim 5
  • Sun 2 Jul 2023
  • £45-£80
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Manchester SwimRun

Join the Swimrun revolution! Enter Manchester's very own sprint event.

  • 1500 m lake swimming
  • 10.5 km trail running

All events in Manchester

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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.
  • Sun 14 Apr
  • FREE-£30
  • Entries closed
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

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.

  • Entries closed
  • 26.2 miles road running
MS Walk Manchester is back for another successful year and will start and finish in the beating heart of Manchester city centre. Sign up today and walk, roll or stroll to stop MS.
  • Sat 11 May
  • FREE-£15
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

MS Walk Manchester

MS Walk Manchester is back for another successful year and will start and finish in the beating heart of Manchester city centre. Sign up today and walk, roll or stroll to stop MS.

  • Charity walk 3
Make some noise for the biggest kids’ run in the North West! It’s an incredible event, all part of the iconic Great Manchester Run weekend of running where juniors have their own day on centre stage.
  • Sat 25 May
  • £19
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run

Make some noise for the biggest kids’ run in the North West! It’s an incredible event, all part of the iconic Great Manchester Run weekend of running where juniors have their own day on centre stage.

  • Fun run 2
The city’s original and best-loved running event! With a 10K or a half marathon distance to choose from, over 99% of Manchester runners say they’d recommend it to a friend.
  • Sun 26 May
  • £42-£49
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Great Manchester Run

The city’s original and best-loved running event! With a 10K or a half marathon distance to choose from, over 99% of Manchester runners say they’d recommend it to a friend.

  • Half marathon
  • 10K run
Round off the season with a flat and fast half on fully closed roads with some of the best crowd support around and receive your chunky medal near Old Trafford.
  • Sun 13 Oct
  • £39.50
  • 10 charities
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Manchester Half Marathon

Round off the season with a flat and fast half on fully closed roads with some of the best crowd support around and receive your chunky medal near Old Trafford.

  • 13.1 miles road running
  • Sun 3 Mar
  • £21-£23
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Trafford 10K

Run North West are delighted to bring you the ever-popular Trafford 10K.

  • 10 km road running
  • Sat 23 Mar
  • £32
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

The Ultra Loop | Heaton Park

The Ultra Loop is an inclusive and flexible 8-hour running event with no limit on how far you can run.

  • 8 hrs multi terrain running
  • Sun 7 Apr
  • £5-£26
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Run Heaton Park

Join RunThrough Events for the Return of the Run Heaton 5k, 10k, Half Marathon & Kids Race of the 2024 Series!

  • Fun run
  • 5K run
  • 10K run
  • Half marathon
  • Sat 4 May
  • £14.60-£22.65
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

It's a Piece of Cake 10K

Running and cake? What could be better? It’s a Piece of Cake 10K returns for 2024, and we can’t wait to see you all again!

  • 10 km road running
  • Sun 5 May
  • £40-£45
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Tour de Manc

A Proper Northern Knees Up

  • Sportive 4
  • Sat 18 May
  • £15-£55
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Greater Manchester Swim

Enjoy a big Madchester welcome with swims from 5 miles to 500m! Super friendly, big and bold!

  • Fun run 3
  • Sat 1 Jun
  • £32-£55
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

The Ultra Loop Track Edition

The Ultra Loop Track Edition offers a running challenge of either 6 or 12 hours where you will run loops of the 400m track as many times as you can.

  • Ultra run 3
  • Sat 6 Jul
  • £10-£95
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

MediaCityUK Swim Challenge

A top drawer Inner City endurance swim event that offers distances from 1.5-25km. Go big or go home!

  • Lake swim 5
  • Wed 7 Aug
  • £10-£12
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

The Hopwood Trot

The Hopwood Trot is a multi-terrain course of approximately five and a half miles (8.8km) on the paths and tracks and country lanes surrounding historic Hopwood Hall

  • 8.8 km multi terrain running
  • Sat 5 Oct
  • £47.70-£53
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

The Drop | Manchester

We put you on a bus... We blindfold you... We take you to an unknown location... You have no tech, no map, no watch, no idea where you are... Will you make it back to HQ or be lost for ever?

  • 10 miler
  • Multi-terrain run

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