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Running a marathon is an enormous personal achievement. Our Greater Manchester Marathon runners will be raising funds to support some of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people.

The annual event returns on Sunday 7th April, welcoming over 12,000 runners to take on the 26.2 mile course, finishing at Lancashire Cricket Club. The highly regarded marathon is known for its flat course, which makes it less intimidating for first timers, and also faster for those looking to break a previous time.

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Key Facts

UK's flattest marathon

Fundraising target

Applicants for 2019

Raised by the Manchester Marathon


The route starts on Chester Road and winds through Stretford, Sale and Altrincham before finishing back on Chester Road.

The route is known for being the flattest route in the UK with only 177 feet of ascent. As a result many choose to chase their PB at the Greater Manchester Marathon.

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Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground

In 2018, over 12,000 runners set off from Emirates Old Trafford Cricket grounds in Greater Manchester to enjoy the incredible atmosphere of this inspiring city marathon. This is the first year that Brathay have entered runners into the event but there is no doubt that it will be a spectacular day for runners or spectators.


The spectacular town of Sale is one of the first that the runners will encounter. Passing through the 4th best place to live in England, runners will notice the river and two large woodland parks that Sale holds.

Once through Sale, runners will head towards Sale Moor then up Brooklands Road before they turn right onto Stockport Road and into Timperley.

Ashton Upon Mersey

At mile 18 runners are now over two thirds of the way to completing the marathon. With less than 10 miles to go this is where a well-planned training plan will deliver rewards... or where things start to fall apart as they head into Ashton Upon Mersey.


20 miles down and 6.6 to go, runners will pass by Flixton and once again cross the river. A short mile later and once through Urmston, runners are on the final straight of their run as they pass under the M60 and back onto Chester Road.

Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground

The First Manchester Marathon was run in 1908, starting and finishing at the Saracen’s head pub in Warburton in Trafford. This was a 20 mile run organised by Salford Harriers (there was no established distance for a marathon then).It wasn't until 1909 in Manchester that the run was established at 26 miles and 365 yards. This marathon started in Sandbach and finished at the Fallowfield Stadium in Manchester.

Since then, Manchester have held Marathons for a number of years and the event is renowned for its outstanding crowd support and atmosphere.


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Whatever your stage of training, whether new to marathon running or an experienced runner, we have a training plan suitable to support your training needs.

Other events

If a big city marathon isn't for you we have other events which may better suit your goals, whether a longer or shorter distance. You may also prefer a cycling or rowing event.


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