adidas Manchester Marathon
Manchester, LancashireOld Trafford, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Sun 16th April 2023
Your entry into the 2022 Manchester Marathon is covered by our COVID-Guarantee, giving you peace of mind about entering. What this means is if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19, we will automatically guarantee you a spot in the next edition of the event, and if for any reason you aren’t able to make that date you will be able to get hold of us to request a refund*
At the event
We want to assure you that in delivering this event we are fully compliant with Government guidelines and law specific to Covid-19 safety.
Throughout the planning of our events our team works closely with all the necessary stakeholders and suppliers to ensure that our events are safe and well run (e.g the local Council authorities, Emergency Services, Medical Director, Health & Safety advisors etc).
This is true at any time, for any event, in any year.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic has of course provided additional challenges and thinking needed. Our priority at all times is, and continues to be, the health & safety of all of the participants, volunteers, crew, and event partners.
We will continue to follow the advice and guidance given by the UK Government and throughout the planning for our events we will continue to take relevant advice from reliable sources. We will take all the appropriate steps between now and the event day to continue to help to ensure the health and safety of all those involved.
Writing this as we launch the events, we do not know what, if any, restrictions will need to be in place when each event takes place. However, as a rule throughout all our planning we always prepare for the unexpected.
As such we are considering various measures which could be put in place to help participants and the event team of crew, partners and volunteers to social distance as far as possible whilst at the event.
These measures might include for example reducing start wave sizes, staggering start times to allow for increased space in the start process & on routes, removing or changing bag drop, implementing restrictions within finish areas to help to prevent large numbers of static persons gathering, and enhanced hygiene measures at any Water/Feed or Aid stations, or a reduction/removal of them.
Other measures such as increased hand sanitation facilities, and additional guidelines for participants and spectators may also be in place.
The situation & thus the measures are likely to be changeable as we proceed over the coming months, and so full details of all measures may not be communicated until approximately 2/3 weeks prior to each event day. However, rest assured that we are working hard behind the scenes with all the relevant experts and stakeholders to ensure we can all be as safe as possible.
FAQ’s and More information
*Any refund due to COVID-19 will be less a small £5 admin fee and 3rd party booking charges. If you are seeking a refund for any other reason our normal Terms and Conditions will apply:
There are countless individual scenarios related to COVID-19 that may affect your ability to attend the event day (for example self-isolation, local lockdowns etc), this coupled with the reality of constantly updated guidance and advice means it is impossible for us to have a rule for every possible situation. The COVID-Guarantee is designed to be as fair as possible to everyone, while still allowing us to operate the event with some certainty. Thus, if because of individual circumstances (i.e. not a local lockdown) you are unable to take part of the event you will need to provide us with the relevant proof of this (e.g Tests results, proof of contact from track and trace etc). This proof will need to be covering the currently mandated self-isolation period (from 2 weeks prior to the event, until the day after).
Below are some of the answers (as best as we can currently give) to common questions you may have:
Will I have to wear a mask whilst running?
Currently that is not the guidance that is given; however, this may change down the line. Also, you may for example not have to wear it whilst actually taking part, but you might need wear one immediately prior to (e.g. in start line up) &/or immediately after crossing the finish line.
We will adhere to all legal requirements at a minimum and will also consider the health and safety repercussions of our event which may require additional safety measures to be put in place. We will communicate these with you 2-3 weeks prior to the event.
What happens if there is a local lockdown in my area?
If the area where you live is under a local lockdown, we would expect you to follow the guidelines from the authorities. If these guidelines include advice not to travel to another area, which makes your attendance of our event impossible we will review your situation and offer you alternative options for your entry.
What happens if there is a local lockdown in Manchester?
If there is a local lockdown that directly effects the event then we will liaise with the relevant local stakeholders and councils and will communicate the plans for the event and what options you have available to you in as timely a manner as possible.
I don’t feel comfortable travelling by public transport
We understand that using public transport may not be something everyone wants to do. If you are in this situation, we encourage you to take heed before you enter of your own circumstances and the logistics of travelling to and from our event. We encourage you to make alternative arrangements that you are comfortable with as far ahead of time as you can (For example; Car, Walking, Cycling etc)
How long before the event will the details of social distancing etc be confirmed?
We will endeavour to keep you up to date throughout the run up to the event, and 2 to 3 weeks before the event we will update you on the latest advice and what the effect on your event will be. This may of course change, so it is important that you read all the emails we send to you carefully. On this note make sure that you are receiving our emails and that they are not sent to junk mail or unsubscribed from our mailing list.
Can I have a refund if I’m forced to self-isolate?
If you are forced to self-isolate and are unable to attend the event you will need to email us at [email protected] with proof, between 2 weeks prior to the event and no later than one day after. (The 2 week time period is based on the current government guidelines for self-isolation as of 6 Oct 2020)
What happens if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19?
We will liaise with the relevant local stakeholders and councils and will communicate the plans for the event and what options you have available to you in as timely a manner as possible. Our COVID-Guarantee ensures you a place in the next edition of the event, and in the case where you can’t make this you can request a refund (less a small £5 admin fee and 3rd party booking charges).
Will my family and friends be able to come and watch me?
Currently it is too early to tell what social distancing restrictions and guidelines may be in place during the event, we will aim to keep you up to date and informed in the run up to the event, with the latest guidance coming out 2-3 weeks before the event.
We pride ourselves on welcoming all to take on our 26.2 mile challenge, from some superb elite runners, to those who thought completing a marathon would never be possible. Many regular runners find this the ideal event to get a personal best time, whilst everybody finds the incredible Mancunian support throughout the course unforgettable.
Thousands of people of all abilities will be at the 2023 event on Sunday 16th April.
Booking the Manchester Marathon means that you'll receive our fantastic medal redesigned every year plus each finisher will receive a seriously cool t-shirt. You'll also receive live tracking on your run and a text with your finish time just after you cross the line.
- Bespoke Medal
- Finisher T-Shirt
- Live Tracking
How to Get There
Metrolink is a great way to get to the race and there are a number of cost effective ticket options for both runners and spectators. Weekend adult travelcards are available for only £6.60 and this entitles you to for travel from 6.00pm Friday evening to end-of-service on Sunday evening. . 1 – day anytime travelcards are also available from £4.80. Download the getmethere app to buy your ticket up to a week in advance and avoid queues! If you’re travelling with your family, it’s just £9.20 for the whole weekend and covers up to two adults and three children*. You must buy your ticket before you board.
Both of these travelcards allow you to make an unlimited number of journeys across the whole network over the entire the weekend. It couldn’t be easier to get to and from the race and support your runner right round the course all the way to the finish line!
The nearest stops to the start area are Pomona, Exchange Quay and Trafford Bar (Zone 2) which are less than a 10 minute walk. The nearest stop to the finish line and event village is Old Trafford (Zone 2).
*You can purchase family travelcards at the ticket machines on stop.
If you are travelling to the event from outside Manchester by rail we recommend using either Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Victoria stations. Both stations have Metrolink connections so you can quickly hop on a tram to continue your journey.
Park & Ride
Click here to see over 100 park and ride locations in Greater Manchester.
There are a range of Metrolink Park and Ride car parks located around the Greater Manchester network, it’s easy to park up and hop on the tram for a hassle free journey to the event. Parking at tram stops is free for all Metrolink customers. Park and Ride provides a cost effective travel option and avoids the event day traffic.
Sale Water Park Metrolink station has 300 car parking spaces and you can travel directly to Trafford Bar, which is close to both the start and athlete village.
Piccadilly station has 500 car parking spaces and you can travel directly to Old Trafford, where the athlete’s village is based. Alternatively, if going directly to the start you could travel to Trafford Bar or Pomona, which are a short walk from the start.
Similarly, it is possible to park at Ladywell (250) or MediaCity and travel on the tram to Pomona.
Parking at East Didsbury (300) gives you a direct line to Trafford Bar.
Please check the TfGM website for more details on parking and journey times.
There are many cheering and supporting points around the course and some of these are located conveniently close to Metrolink stops. More details will be released in the Event Booklet.
If you wish to drive & pay on the day, possible alternative public car park options in the area could be; Media City, Salford Quays and Imperial War Museum. You will need to find your own way to these car parks, routes into them will not be signed. Please also note that these car parks are also limited in size. There are also are park and ride facilities available, as mentioned above.
Please be aware that due to road closures for the event your journey time & route may be affected. Please ensure you allow plenty of time for your journey and also to find your chosen car park option(s), not forgetting to add on time for possible queues at the car park, and also how long it will take you to walk to the start (or to the LCC venue if you are dropping a bag – however we recommend that you leave things securely hidden in your car if you do drive, to avoid any queues!).
The Event Village address is: Lancashire Cricket Club, Talbot Rd, Manchester M16 0PX, United Kingdom.
Located next door to the Old Trafford Metrolink Stop.
Manchester International Airport is approximately 20 minutes from the area. By car, join the M56 motorway at the airport exit (junction 5) and then follow the directions ‘From The South’ shown above.
There are direct train services to Manchester City Centre and also a Metrolink Service that runs to the Trafford Bar stop. This Metrolink service takes approximately 40 minutes and Trafford Bar is a 10 minute walk from the Event Village.
We recommend travelling by public transport to get to the event due to road closures.
There is not an official car-park at the Therme Manchester Marathon.
However, there is the option to pre pay for parking (to guarantee parking) at Manchester United Football Stadium (a short walk from the Start and Athletes Village), a link will be provided in due course.
Disabled Car Parking Facilities
Please contact us: [email protected] if you require disabled parking facilities.
Manchester is renowned for being flat and therefore fast! Many come to set their pb's and many succeed. 26.2 miles through the heart of Manchester and it's surrounding neighbourhoods, this is a beautiful part of the World and this is a great way to experience it.
Is there a minimum age limit?
The Manchester Marathon is open to all entrants over the age of 18 on race day.
What is the start time?
Individual start times will be confirmed a month out from the event.
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 Therme Manchester Marathon Relays 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 at the finish line.
The person allocated as ‘Runner A’ will start the Therme Manchester Marathon at the appropriate time allocated to them.
All other relay team members
The other runners in the team will need to make their own way to the designated start points on the route. All of the points are within 1km of a Metrolink.
The relay locations will be signposted, and marshals will be in place to point you in the right direction.
Do not travel to the changeover points by car as there will be road closures in place for the event and you will not get through.
NB – It is imperative that the person allocated the D bib does the last leg otherwise you will not get a time for your team.
Please note, the relay legs are not exact splits, but are similar in distance.
4 – Leg Relay
Runner B: A56 Bridgewater Way – Cornbrook Metrolink Tram stop – click here to see on map
Runner C: De Quincey Road – Timperley Metrolink Tram stop – click here to see on map
Runner D: St John The Divine, Brooklands (M33 3PB) – Brooklands Metrolink Tram stop – click here to see on map
2 – Leg Relay
Runner A: The person allocated as ‘Runner A’ will start the Therme Manchester Marathon at the appropriate time allocated to them.
Runner B: De Quincey Road (near WA14 5PH) – Timperley Metrolink Tram stop – click here to see on map
Please ensure that you have a contactless or Metrolink card if travelling on Metrolink between the relay points.
Runners A, B and C will collect their medal and t-shirt at the relay changeover point. Runner D will collect theirs from the main finish line. Baggage arrangements for relay teams Rather than leave all bags in the bag drop, think ahead and make sure that your bag is ready for you at the changeover point:
Runner A give your bag to runner B to take to the changeover point Runner B give your bag to runner C to take to the changeover point Runner C: give your bag to runner D to take to the changeover point Runner D: leave your bag in the bag drop at the Athletes’ Village, in your car or with friends.
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