Runners from around the world take part in the annual Great Manchester Run. Participants race through the streets of Manchester, along a 10k route. With over 30,000 competitors it is the third biggest road race in the UK, only the Great North Run and London Marathon attracting more people. The course travels along Manchester landmarks such as the Old Trafford football ground, the set of popular TV soap Coronation Street and the Imperial War Museum. Kenyan Micah Kogo holds the course record at 27 minutes and 24 seconds, held since 2007. Legendary athlete Haile Gebreselassie has won the most races.
Manchester Airport is 7.5 miles away from the city centre, it is easy to then travel into Manchester by public transport. You can get into the city by train and getting around is easy with the combination of trams and buses. Entering the Great Manchester Run costs £38 and is open for all ages over 15. Watching is free, so join family and friends to encourage the athletes around the track. The race starts at Portland Street, before finishing at Deansgate. Expect the starting gun to go off mid-morning. From 2017 the organisers have also introduced a half marathon taking place on the same day.
If you are looking to take part in the Great Manchester Run, then apply online ahead of the event. The official website has plenty of advice on how to prepare and train, so when entering give an honest time you anticipate to finish in. Many runners sign up to raise money for charity, choose a cause close to your heart or check up on the official sponsors. If you are watching the race, then decide where to view in advance. The start and finish line will be busy, as will any key landmarks so arrive early. If you have youngsters with you there’s also the junior and mini runs.
If you are taking part or just visiting, choose from a selection of houses, flats, apartments, B&B and other private rentals close to the course. Wherever you choose to stay, you can travel around Manchester via public transport.
Watch a football match or take a tour of Old Trafford, home to Manchester United. Spend your holiday money at the Trafford Centre or take in the history of John Rylands Library or the Lowry Museum in Salford.
If you’re looking to take part in, or watch, the Great Manchester Run then you can find more information such as: registering, how to enter the run, the event location and details on the 10k course and the half marathon course, photo galleries and other long distance running on the Great Run website.
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