When is the 2018 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford?
The date for the 2018 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon is Sunday 8th of April.
I am injured and / or cannot run the event. Can I get a refund or transfer my entry to someone else? (please note, the following dates are provisional)
We appreciate that things can happen which mean you can’t run the in the marathon. If you cannot take part this year, don’t despair, because until 10th January 2018, you can transfer your entry to next year’s marathon, where we would be delighted to see you! There will be a £10 fee to do this and all transfers must be completed online.
There is also the option to transfer your place to another runner until 10th January 2018. You will be able to change the details on the entry form for a £10 transfer fee.
Full details of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Withdrawal Policy including full instructions on how to transfer can be downloaded here.
Unauthorised sale or transfer of your race entry / race number to another person is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification and / or banning of any individuals from future events. This is for reasons associated with insurance, medical information, logistics and administration. All entry fees are non-refundable.
Where can I view a copy of the entry Terms & Conditions?
Race numbers with your name on will be sent out in March to those runners who have registered before 10th January. Please ensure that your address is up-to-date as we don’t want to post numbers to the wrong address.
Runners who enter after this date but before the 13th March will have their number posted 1st class but will not have any name printed on their race number.
Runners who enter after 13th March will need to collect their race numbers on Saturday 7th April from a central Manchester location.
There will be no race number collection on race day
Please note, it will be mandatory for all International runners to collect their race pack from the race pack collection centre in central Manchester on Saturday 7th April. Location TBC. This applies to entrants with a non UK address. Please ensure that you book your transport to give you sufficient time to attend the race pack collection. Due to the unreliability of International Postage we will not send out race packs to non UK address’s.
Can someone else pick up my number?
Yes, you may authorise someone else to pick up your number from our central Manchester race pack collection (location TBC). They will need to bring their own original photo ID, a signed letter from you giving them permission, and your (the runner's) own original photo ID. We will ask the person collecting the number to fill in a form stating they have collected the number with your permission.
My race number hasn’t arrived, what shall I do?
Please call the office on 0161 928 6795 or email email@example.com for assistance if your race number hasn't arrived by 23rd March.
I’ve lost my race number, can I have another one?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details. Duplicate numbers are charged at £10 each. Your replacement number will not have your name on it and you will need to collect it from the race pack collection centre at a central Manchester location (TBC) on Saturday 7th April.
I’ve forgotten my number on race day, what do I do?
If you do not have a number, you will not be able to race. If you find that you have misplaced it before race day, please come to the race pack collection centre in central Manchester (location TBC), on Saturday 7th April – you will be charged £10.
Can I choose what’s printed on my race number?
If you enter before 10th January, you can choose the name that will be printed on your race number.
When do entries close?
General entries will close on Friday 6th April at 9am.
When will the race booklet be available?
The race booklet will be emailed to entrants one month before the race, as a pdf. It will also be available to download from www.greatermanchestermarathon.com. Spectator information will be available separately in the same format.
Is there a maximum race capacity for the 2018 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford?
Yes, entries are limited to 15,000 runners.
Do I need a qualifying time to run the 2018 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford?
No, the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon is open to all entrants over the age of 18.
What happens if I get a place on the London Marathon and I already have an entry on the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon?
Needless to say we would prefer you to race with us but understand that you may wish to take up your place at London. If you send us confirmation of your place in the ballot and confirm that you will be taking this up, we will defer your entry to the 2019 race at no cost. Your request must be made and confirmation sent by the 31st October 2017.
If I provide medical documentation of my injury or pregnancy, am I entitled to a refund?
No, but until 10th January 2018, you can transfer your place to 2019 using the facility online.
Can I run the 2018 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon without registering?
No, Any runners without an official ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon number will be directed off the course.
What is the date of the 2018 marathon?
The date of the 2018 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon is Sunday 8th April.
What time does the race start?
The main race starts at 09:00
Where does the race start and finish?
The race will start at the Trafford Arch on the A56 at the White City roundabout near Old Trafford. The finish will be on Talbot Road outside Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire Cricket Club.
Where is the race village?
The race village is in and around the car park at Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Talbot Rd, Manchester M16 0PX. This is a five minute walk from the start. The area within Emirates Old Trafford is open to runners only.
Will there be a secure area to keep my kit safe?
Yes, there will be a baggage marquee to store your kit. Please do not leave anything valuable or fragile in your bag as we are not liable for its loss or damage. Please only use a small back pack type - large bags will not be accepted.
Is there a time limit to finish the marathon?
Yes, the roads will re-open to vehicular traffic on a rolling basis at an approximate pace of 13 minutes 45 seconds per mile – 6 hour pace. If you are running slower than this pace, when directed to do so, you will need to run on the pavements and run as a pedestrian obeying all signals and the Highway Code.
The finish line will close 7 hours after the start of the race. Any finishers after this time will not receive an official finisher’s time.
Do all participants receive a commemorative finisher’s medal?
All runners who finish the race within 7 hours will receive a medal after crossing the finish line. Any runners finishing after this time cannot be guaranteed a medal.
How will my time be recorded?
We will be using state-of-the-art UHF chip timing technology to ensure that you get an accurate finishing time. We shall also have split times at 10km, 10 miles, half marathon (13.2 miles) and 20 miles.
Are wheelchair participants permitted?
We are delighted that we can now accept self-propelled wheelchair entries on the new course. Please enter online making sure that you select wheelchair entry.
Can I be pushed around the course in a wheelchair?
We have considered this request very carefully. At the present time, we are following the advice of RunBritain and we are not permitting anyone to be pushed around the race course, in accordance with the rules of UK Athletics
Am I allowed to wear headphones during the race?
There will be a varied assortment of entertainment on the race and the atmosphere is stunning so we don’t believe that you would want to listen to your own music as you run around the course. However, we have listened to you and there is no specific rule from RunBritain other than headphones are banned in championship races. Anyone who is not running for a prize is now allowed to wear headphones.
If you do wear headphones PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be considerate to your fellow runners. Wearing headphones DOES impair 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. Bearing this in mind, we recommend that you use open ear headphones – these are headphones that do not obscure background noise. If you must wear in ear headphones, please leave one out – you never know, you might enjoy the atmosphere and the entertainment!
Are there any showers in the race village?
No, changing facilities are not available in the athletes' village.
Can I substitute one of my relay runners?
Yes, if one of your relay runners pulls out, you can replace them until 10th March. You can edit your entry form on riderhq until 10th January, then until 10th March please email email@example.com with the details of the runner you wish you replace, and the new runner’s name, date of birth, any medical conditions and t-shirt size. There will be a £10 transfer fee, and you will need to phone the office on 0161 928 6795 to pay this. Runners must run in order: A, B, C, D.
Can one runner run more than one leg of the relay?
Yes, provided they wear the bibs for both legs.
Is the 2018 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon a qualifier event?
Yes, this race is sanctioned by the UKA which is part of IAAF, and as such it is a qualifier for other marathons.
Can my time in the 2018 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon qualify me for a ‘good for age’ place?
Yes, a time achieved in the Greater Manchester Marathon will be recognised as ‘good for age’.
Can I run an individual marathon and be part of a team as well?
Yes, you will need to run the first leg of the relay if you are part of a team, and wear both bibs. You will start at 09:30 with the rest of the relay teams, otherwise you will be disqualified. You must be entered as an individual runner as well as a relay team member to do this.
How does the relay handover work?
The incoming runner will cross a timing mat at the changeover point. The outgoing runner will cross the same timing mat at the start of their leg.
Goody bags and medals will be handed out at the changeover points to those who have completed their leg. There will be maps available to help you find your way to the nearest Metrolink station.
We advise runner 2 to take runner 1’s bag to the first changeover point; runner 3 to take runner 2’s bag to the second changeover point; runner 4 to take runner 3’s bag to the third changeover point; and runner 4 to leave their bag in the baggage marquee at the race village.
Please see http://www.greatermanchestermarathon.com/race-info/2-leg-halfhalf-relay/ or http://www.greatermanchestermarathon.com/race-info/4-leg-relay-team-challenge/ .
What’s in the finisher bag?
Your finisher t-shirt is in the finisher bag so please make sure you pick up the correct size from the XS, small, medium, large or XL stations in the finish chute. There will also be a your medal, a bottle of water, a foil blanket and a protein recovery bar. There will also be Erdinger Alkoholfrei available next to the baggage marquee with isotonic refreshment.
Can you recommend any hotels?
Please see http://www.greatermanchestermarathon.com/athlete-info/hotels/ for deals available at the Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham.
How can people follow me during the race?
The timing system offers live tracking of runners as they cross the timing mats. The link to this will be available on race weekend via a link on the event homepage. This will also give a prediction of the runner's position on the route according to their pace.
We are also planning to offer live updates on Facebook (Facebook permitting) as runners cross the timing mats at points during the race. Competitors will need to opt in to activate this service.
How are the roads affected around Trafford on the day of the marathon?
The race is run on closed roads and so there will be many road closures on that day. Please see the road closure information for 2017, which will be very similar to 2018.
When will the results be published?
Results will be available live via the results link. If you spot an error, please contact stuweb timing solutions via this link