With the new amended course we are now delighted that the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford is the flattest marathon in the UK and one of the flattest marathons in the world. With only 54m of gain along the course, this is now a perfect marathon to achieve a new PB.
Compare this with some of the other marathons in the UK and around the world.
ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon 2014 - 54m of gain
Edinburgh Marathon - 67m of gain
Brighton - 105m
London - 85m
Liverpool - 151m
Milton Keynes - 102m
Sunderland - 125m
Berlin - 76m
Amsterdam - 44m
Chicago - 151m
New York - 176m
Boston - 107m
Paris - 114m
This is the course profile of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford. Please don't think that is a mountain at 20.5km, it is an incline from 33m to 46m over a distance of 1.5km - a gradient of 0.9% or less than 1 in 100! The uphill looking section at the end is not that at all - 17m at 34km to 33m at 42km - 0.2% or 1 in 500.
There will be water stations at regular points along the course. There will also be refuge points where there will be first aid, access to toilets and a drop-out vehicle if required.
The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford has a time limit of 6 hours. The course will officially close at the 6 hour mark or the equivalent run time for shorter distances. At that time all roads will re-open to vehicular traffic and on-course support and amenities will discontinue. Participants who have not completed the course in 6 hour pace will be required to use pavements and to obey traffic signals and signs.
Mile and Kilometre markers will be positioned at each mile/kilometre along the course. Digital clocks will be positioned at the 10km, the halfway point and the 20 mile point. Digital clocks will show the elapsed event time or GUN TIME. The digital clock at the finish line will show the unofficial finish times.
The elapsed event time begins with the marathon start at 09:00.
For residents who live along the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford course, and for those travelling around the area on race day, please be aware that road closures will be in place on race day. Diversion routes will be in place to minimise disruption.