When is the 2013 Greater Manchester Marathon?
The 2013 Greater Manchester Marathon will be held on Sunday 28th April 2013.
When will race packs be sent out?
Race packs will be posted out approximately 2 weeks before race day.
Please ensure that your address is up to date at this time as we don't want to be posting numbers out to the wrong address.
Runners from overseas can collect their race numbers on the morning of the race
When do entries close?
We have extended the closing date and entries will close at midnight on the 31st March 2013
How much does it cost to enter?
We shall be offering an early bird discount price of £45 until 31st July 2012. After this time the entry fee will be increased to £49.50
Is there a race capacity for the Greater Manchester Marathon?
Yes, entries are limited to 10,000 runners.
Do I need a qualifying time for the Greater Manchester Marathon?
No, the Greater Manchester Marathon is open to all participants over the age of 18.
I am injured and/or cannot run the event. Can I get a refund, donate my entry or transfer my entry to someone else?
We appreciate that things can happen which mean you cannot take part in the marathon. If you cannot take part in this year's event don't dispair, because you can transfer your entry to next year's marathon, where we would be delighted to see you! There is a £10 admin fee for transferring your place, and we must receive your request to defer and your admin fee at least 6 weeks prior to the event (by Sunday 17 March 2013) - this is because by this time payments and purchases associated with your place will have been made by the organisers. If the £10 has not been received by this time your transfer will not go through. To transfer your entry, please read the Greater Manchester Marathon withdrawal policy which details where to send payment and official notification of your deferra. Should you have any questions, please call our office on 0161 928 6795 where our staff will be delighted to help you.
After the 6-week cut off date, we cannot transfer your place but we can defer your place for free up to 1 week before the race. This gives you a guaranteed entry into the 2014 race but you will still have to pay the entry fee . We do our best by allowing people to transfer their entry to the following year all the way up until 6 weeks prior to the event. However, after this cut off date all the orders and payments associated wtih your entry have been processed, so that now everything relating to your entry is ready, delivered and /or paid for.
NB - the TRANSFER prior to 6 weeks before the race means that you do not have to pay a 2014 entry fee just the £10 admin fee. A DEFERRED entry is only a guaranteed place and you will have to pay your 2014 entry fee
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 involved from future events. This is for reasons associated with insurance, your medical information, logistics and administration. All entry fees are non-refundable.
Full details of the Greater Manchester Marathon Withdrawal Policy can be downloaded here
What happens if I get a place in the London Marathon Ballot and have an entry in the 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 can send us confirmation of your place in the ballot and confirm that you will be taking this up we shall defer your entry to the 2014 race at no charge. Your request must be made and confirmation sent by the 19th October.
If I provide medical documentation of my injury or pregnancy, will you give me a refund?
No, but you can transfer up to 6 weeks before the race or defer your place - see previous question.
Can I transfer / defer my entry to next year if I am unable to run this year?
Yes, see earlier question.
Can I run the Greater Manchester Marathon without registering?
No, all runners without an official Greater Manchester Marathon race number will be directed off the course.
What is the date of the marathon?
Sunday 28th April 2013
What time does the race start?
Runners start 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 Sir Matt Busby Way outside Old Trafford
Will there be a secure area to keep my kit safe?
Yes, there will be a marquee to store your kit. You must attach your number sticker to your bag - please do not bring a bag bigger than a back pack. Do not leave anything valuable or fragile in your bag as we are not liable for its loss or damage.
Is there a time limit to finish the marathon?
Yes. The roads will reopen to vehicular traffic on a rolling basis at an approximate pace of 13m 45secs per mile - 6 hour pace. If you are running slower than this pace you will need to run on the pavements and obey all road 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 finishers time.
Do all participants receive a commemorative finisher’s medal?
All finishers who finish within 7 hours will receive an commemorative finishers medal after crossing the finish line. Any runners finishing outside this time cannot be guaranteed a commemorative medal.
How will my time be recorded?
We shall be using state of the art UHF chip timing technology to ensure that you get an accurate finish time. We shall also have split times at 10km, 10miles, half marathon (13.2miles), and 20 miles.
Are wheelchair participants permitted?
We are delighted that we can now accept wheelchair entries with the new course. Please enter online making sure that you select wheelchair entry.
What sports drinks will be available on the course?
Are headphones allowed to be worn during the race?
For reasons of safety and courtesy to your fellow runners we are not permitting headphones to be worn during the race. We have seen far too many cases of people obstructing others and not hearing requests or instructions due to them having headphones on.
Additionally, the atmosphere on the course will be such that you will miss an awesome experience by wearing headphones.