FAQ

 
 

When is the 2018 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon?
 
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 31st 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 31st 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.

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When will race numbers be sent out?
 
Race numbers with your name on will be sent out in March to those runners who have registered before 31st 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 midnight on 19th March will have their number posted 1st class but will not have any name printed on their race number.
 
Runners who enter after midnight on 19th March will need to collect their race numbers on Saturday 7th April, between 09:00-17:00 from INNSIDE Hotel, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN. 
 
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 at INNSIDE Hotel, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN on Saturday 7th April between 09:00-17:00. 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 at INNSIDE Hotel, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN. 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 info@xtramileevents.com for assistance if your race number hasn't arrived by 30th March.
 
I’ve lost my race number, can I have another one?
 
Please email info@xtramileevents.com 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 INNSIDE Hotel, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN on Saturday 7th April between 09:00-17:00.
 
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 at INNSIDE Hotel, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN, on Saturday 7th April between 09:00-17:00 – you will be charged £10.
 
Can I choose what’s printed on my race number?
 
If you enter before 31st 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 info@xtramileevents.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
 


Pre- and post-marathon guidelines for a successful race

 
There are a number of things to consider before, during and after your marathon that will make all the difference to your run and your recovery. Running a marathon will have a significant impact on your body, and you need to prepare adequately. Read the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon tips and guidelines below.

Are you fit to compete?

It’s important to train properly for your run otherwise you will be at risk of injury. Here are some tips that will help ensure you enjoy your training and event day safely.Before you start any training programme, make sure you’re healthy enough to run. Talk to your doctor if you have a long-term health condition that may affect your ability to exercise, such as:
  • heart disease
  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • epilepsy
  • arthritis
Running is good for the heart but there have been evidence of fatalities among runners apparently unaware that they had a problem with heart disease. Their condition could have been detected if they had sought medical advice and undertaken the relevant heart tests.If you start your training programme and find that you feel unwell, see your doctor, especially if you:
  • get heart palpitations
  • feel lighted-headed, dizzy or faint
  • experience chest pain or tightness
  • feel excessively short of breath
  • experience excessive wheezing or coughing
  • have severe joint or muscle pain
Start your training slowly and build up gradually, especially if you haven’t exercised for some time. Allowing yourself recovery time is also important when training. This is when your body gets stronger and fitter. If you don't allow time for your body to recover, you may weaken your performance and feel tired. Muscle aches and pains happen most commonly after an increase in training, and stress on your lower limbs can cause injuries.Give yourself time to warm up and cool down before and after your run. Warming up allows time for your body to prepare mentally and physically for the exercise you're about to do. A good warm up should include activity that slightly raises your heart rate followed by stretching. This increases the blood flow to your muscles, improves flexibility and prepares your muscles. Cooling down after your run helps to reduce muscle soreness and stiffness.To reduce your risk of injury, vary your routes, running surfaces, pace and distance. Ideally, swap between two pairs of shoes on alternate training days.Face oncoming traffic and stay visible, especially when it’s dark – for example, wear bright or reflective clothing.
 

Hydration Tips ahead of your marathon

It's important that your body stays hydrated – keeps the right level of water – so that it can function properly. You also need enough water to allow nutrients to be transported around your body during the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon.The colour of your urine can be a helpful indicator of hydration. Generally, dark urine suggests dehydration, with pale, straw-coloured urine being ideal. If you don’t usually drink caffeinated drinks, don’t start now as they can be particularly dehydrating if you aren’t used to them.In general, drink when you feel the need and don’t gulp large volumes of fluids before, during or after an event – this can result in a condition called hyponatraemia. This happens when the salts in your body are too diluted and can cause confusion, disorientation and vomiting.

Before the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

Start the event well hydrated. Drink enough fluids in the week leading up to the event and in particular the day before the event to ensure you have enough fluids in your body. Alcoholic drinks can be dehydrating, so don’t drink them less than 24 hours before an event.Choose water or a sports drink and make sure you stick to drinking whatever you have practised with during training.
 

During the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

During strenuous exercise, you can lose between half a litre and two litres of water per hour as sweat. It’s important to replace the fluid and salts you lose.Everyone is different; some people sweat more than others, and some lose more salt in their sweat. Because of this individual variation, it's not possible to give exact advice on how much you should drink during a training session. As a general rule, aim for 120 to 150ml of cold fluid every 10 to 15 minutes. Cooler fluids are recommended because they are usually more palatable and help to lower your core body temperature.Make sure you know where the drink stations are on the course. Water will be available, but only take a drink if you need one. If it’s hot, there will be extra water and showers may be available – use these to cool yourself rather than pouring drinking water over yourself.
 

After the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

Most runners don’t drink enough during an event and need to rehydrate afterwards, so take on some fluid on as soon as you can after crossing the finish line. There will be water in your goody bag and available close to the finish line. Although you may feel like celebrating, make sure you’re fully hydrated with water before you have that celebratory drink!  


What to eat to fuel your race


During training

The best advice when training is to stick a healthy, balanced diet. If you do this, you will be getting all the nutrients you need to exercise regularly, so you won’t need to take vitamins or other supplements to improve your running.On training days, have a meal about three to four hours before you run if you can. This should be low in fat and fibre and high in carbohydrate, and include some protein. Then have a snack half an hour to an hour before your training.Try to eat some starchy food within two hours of finishing long training runs and after the event – your muscles can replace energy (glycogen) twice as quickly during this time.
 

The week before your run

It’s very important both in the days before your event and during it that you stick to food and drink that you have tried before. Don’t start trying lots of new foods as it may affect your digestion.
 
If you’re going to be running for longer than 90 minutes, for example a marathon or half-marathon, you will perform better if you follow a programme of carbohydrate-loading in the three days before the event. This involves reducing your training and increasing the amount of starchy foods you eat while cutting down on protein. Sports dietitians recommend that in the three days leading up to the event more than the normal 60% of your food intake should be carbohydrates. This is important for maximising your muscles' energy stores.
 

The morning of your run at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

On the day of the event, have a meal that is high in carbohydrate and low in protein, fibre and fat, for example porridge with a banana or toast with honey. This will top up the level of energy in your muscles – particularly important if your run is first thing in the morning after eating nothing overnight.
 
Eat this meal between one and four hours before the start of the race so your stomach has time to empty.
 

After the race

Have something to drink and eat as soon as you can after crossing the finish line. Eating something salty will help you to rehydrate more quickly.

 

What to do if you’re not feeling 100%

Safety is our number one priority and so are you. If you're not feeling 100% yourself, under the weather or you're suffering with an injury, it's really important to make the right decision ahead of the event.

During training

If you’re injured, or have flu or gastroenteritis, don’t train until you are fully recovered. Although the worst flu symptoms are usually over after five days, it can take much longer to recover completely. When you’re better, start training gently and build up gradually. Don’t try to make up for lost mileage – this may cause more damage or illness. Consider carefully whether or not you can run the event if you have been ill or injured. 

Are you fit to race?

Don’t run an event if you feel unwell or have been ill recently. Running may put you at risk of serious illness if you have a fever, have been vomiting with severe diarrhoea or chest pains, or otherwise feel unwell. Don’t try to run just because you have raised money for a charity – you will be able to run other events in the future and your donations will still be going to a great cause.

Not sure?

If you're unsure whether or not you should run due to illness or injury we strongly recommend seeking medical advice from your GP or physio.

Recovering Post Run

You trained, you ran, you conquered! Once you've crossed the finish line it's important you take note of a couple of things to aid your recovery.

Keep moving 

It's really easy to stop moving completely when you cross the finish line. It helps your body recover if you keep moving slightly to stop you from stiffening up. If you've got enough energy left, try jogging a little on the spot or round the block to bring your heart rate down.

Arrange a meeting point

There's nothing worse than crossing the finish line and not knowing where you're loved ones are. Arrange a point to meet them before you start the run so you're not panicking and searching for them. You need that post-run hug ASAP.
 

Rehydrate

Check out your finisher bag snacks and refuel appropriately and according to the distance you've just run. It's normal to feel slightly nauseous and dizzy once you finish. Have a small bite to eat and take sips of isotonic fluid or water when you can to aid recovery. 

Collect your stuff

Most events will have a baggage facility where you can leave your belongings whilst you run. Collect your goody bag as soon as you can and go to the baggage collection point and grab a warm, dry layer to pop on as your sweat starts to cool you down.

 

Respecting the challenge

You've signed up to the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon event, you've put the miles in training and now you're thinking ahead to event day and putting all that hard work into action. Whatever distance you're running, we want to make sure you're mentally and physically prepared for the challenge ahead and make the most out of the opportunity. 

Top Tips

1. Check the weather forecast to help you decide what clothes you will need. If it’s going to be cold or wet, you might want to bring a hat and gloves to keep you warm before you start.- For hot weather, consider bringing a cap to shade your face (or neck) and wear breathable clothing. 

2. It’s a good idea to practise running carrying a bottle. Try using one with a sports cap so it's easy to keep taking regular sips. There will be regular water points along the course so make sure you check out the event guide or website for where these will be located.

3. There's usually a bit of standing around before the event starts. To keep your body warm maybe bring an old jumper or even a bin bag to throw away once you have warmed up. ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon will donate your unwanted clothes to charity wherever possible.

4. Don’t wear new trainers for the first time on event day. It's a good idea to run in them for at least a month before the event. It’s essential that these have been properly fitted to your feet and running style. Trainers help to cushion the impact of running on your feet and lower limbs, which goes some way to protecting them.

5. On a warm day or during the Summer months, wear water-resistant sun cream. Be careful not to put on too much otherwise when you sweat, the sun cream may run into your eyes. Apply Vaseline or chafing gel to any areas where you have had chafing during training, such as under your arms, chest area, bra band, toes or groin.

6. The first few miles can be very crowded. Many people tire themselves out by dodging in and out of runners because they're behind on their pacing plan. Try to maintain a moderate, even pace and enjoy the event. As you warm up, you can increase your pace if it feels comfortable. Use the distance markers as a reminder to review how you're feeling, your posture, breathing and pace.

7. Make sure you have something to eat and drink to keep you going on the journey home after the event. You'll get your finisher bag once you've crossed the finish line which will include some snacks but you can bring your own too as you'll have worked up an appetite. Most events will have catering facilities in the event village so bring some spare change if you haven't got room to carry much.