General Info and FAQs
The Asics Greater Manchester Marathon. The UK’s fastest, flattest and friendliest 26.2 mile challenge.
• See the Route Map Here
• The flattest marathon course in the UK – flatter than London, Edinburgh, New York, Chicago and many others
• Perfect course to record a personal best time
• Awesome music, entertainment and support along the course
• Entirely on closed, main roads
• Sunday 7th April 2019
• Launch Entry Price (Limited to 5,000): £45 SOLD OUT
• Early Entries (September 2018 TBC): £55
• Start Location: Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, M16 0PX
Start and finish
• Marathon start: 9:00
Getting to the Event
We advise you to use the Metrolink tram network to either Old Trafford, Trafford Bar or Exchange Quay. There is now a direct Metrolink service from Manchester Airport to Trafford Bar. It will take approximately 40 minutes and Trafford Bar is a 10 minute walk from Emirates Old Trafford, where the race village and finish are located. Visit the Metrolink site for more information: http://www.metrolink.co.uk/.
ASICS Pace Runners
We shall have a team of pace runners who will be running the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon at designated speeds. They will be easily identifiable and will make it easy for you to hit your target time. Find out more here
Race packs which contain your number and timing chip will be sent out in the post by mid-March.
Please Note- It will be mandatory for all International runners to collect their race pack from a Central Manchester location prior to the race. The time, date and location will be confirmed nearer to race day. This applies to entrants with a non UK address. Please ensure that you book your transport giving you sufficient time to attend the race pack collection. Please note, there will be no race number collection on race day.
Your time will be recorded at various split points along the way – 10km, 10 miles, 13.1 miles (half marathon) and the finish.
We strongly recommend that you avoid wearing headphones on the day of the race, as this will allow you to listen to important instructions, and soak up the incredible Manchester atmosphere. If you do decide to wear headphones PLEASE be considerate to your fellow runners. Wearing headphones impairs your hearing and there is every chance that you will not be able to hear important instructions, ambulances and other emergency services, or an ‘excuse me’ from a fellow runner. If you decide to wear in ear headphones, please leave one out.
Anyone who is not running for a prize is now allowed to wear headphones.
Qualifying for Other Marathons
As the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford is licenced by UKA, your time, should it be quick enough, will be eligible as a qualification time for other marathons such as Boston, Comrades and London ‘good for age’.
The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford has been officially measured as accurate by the Association of UK Course Measurers. The licence is available via the link on the homepage.
Any lost property handed in on the day will be taken to the Information Marquee. This will be taken back to the Xtra Mile Events office and kept for 2 weeks before being disposed of or given to charity.
There is a cash machine available in the Pavilion Reception area. There are no charges for using this machine.