Manchester Half Marathon FAQs
Get to grips with the nitty gritty here. All your questions answered.
Entry and Registration
When is the 2018 Manchester Half Marathon?
The 2018 Manchester Half Marathon will be held on 14th October.
How do I enter the Manchester Half Marathon? How much does it cost?
Entries for the Manchester Half Marathon 2018 are on sale now.
Entries will be limited to 15,000, the price is £34.00 & £32.00 for affiliated runners, and will increase in due time.
Charity Entries must be secured directly through the charity. Please see our charity listings page to find out which charities have places with us.
You can still raise money for charity if you have a general entry.
What is the minimum age to participate in the Manchester Half Marathon?
The Manchester Half Marathon is open to all entrants over the age of 17 on race day.
I can no longer take part in the Manchester Half Marathon, can I receive a refund, substitute my entry to someone else or transfer my entry to the 2018 Manchester Half Marathon?
We appreciate that things can happen which mean you can’t run in the marathon. If you cannot take part this year, don’t despair, because until 15th August you can transfer your entry to next year’s half marathon, where we would be delighted to see you! To do this, please log in to your entry details and select 'Move Entry' then select Transfer to Manchester Half Marathon 2018. There will be a £10 fee to do this and this must be completed online.
Please note that transfers cannot be processed by our office and must be done online by the 15th August - transfers are not possible after this date, sorry.
There is also the option to transfer your place to another runner until 15th August. Please log onto your entry form on www.riderhq.com and click on Edit Entry. You will be able to change the details on the entry form for a £10 transfer fee.
After the 15th August cut-off date, you cannot transfer your place.
NB the transfer prior to 15th August means that you do not have to pay the 2018 entry fee, just the £10 admin fee. A deferred entry means that you have a guaranteed place and you will need to pay the 2018 entry fee.
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 involved individuals from future events. This is for reasons associated with insurance, medical information, logistics and administration. All entry fees are non-refundable.
Full details of the Manchester Half Marathon withdrawal policy can be downloaded here.
How can I change personal details on my Manchester Half Marathon entry form?
You can change your personal details by logging onto on your RiderHQ account (www.riderhq.com) and clicking on your Manchester Half Marathon entry form then selecting ‘Edit Entry’.
I registered my intention to qualify for the 2018 England Athletics Age Group Marathon team, how will I found out if I have been selected?
After the race results, have been finalised, all participants who registered their intent to qualify, we send your information over to England Athletics and they will contact you if you have been successful.
I can no longer find my confirmation email, what should I do?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our customer services team will re-send your confirmation email and get in touch once it has been actioned.
I can’t find my UKA running club on your list?
We receive a yearly update UKA accredited clubs, If you don’t find your club on the drop down list please scroll down to the bottom of the list and select ‘other’. Then in the box state your running club.
Is the 2018 Manchester Half 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 events where a half marathon time is the standard.
When do entries close for the Manchester Half Marathon?
Online entries will close on 12th October at 9:00pm or when the race is full. After this time, you can still enter if we have space, by coming to the Race Pack Collection point on Saturday 13th October with £50 in cash or card and proof that you are over 17 years old. Please note if the event reaches capacity late entries will not be available.
Please note all late entrants must collect their race pack from our central Manchester Location. (**Venue will be announced soon)
When will race numbers be sent out?
Race numbers with your name on will be sent out to those runners who have registered before 16th August. 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 12 noon on Wednesday 20th September will have their number posted 1st class but will not have any name printed on it.
Your race number will arrive before 5th October.
If you haven’t received your race number by 5th October, please contact our Customer Service team via email- email@example.com
If there is a mistake on your race number, please contact us via email- firstname.lastname@example.org
I am an overseas runner can I still participate in the Manchester Half Marathon?
Yes, we would love to see you take part in the Manchester Half Marathon.
International runners will need to collect their number from our Customer Services team who will be based at INNSIDE Hotel at First Street in Manchester City Centre (please see below for address details).
Numbers can be collected on Saturday 13th between 10am and 5pm. There will be no race number collection on race day.
Please note: Saturday 13th October is the only collection day, there will be no collection on race day.
The pick-up point will be a central Manchester location and will be announced soon.
Can I choose what’s printed on my race number?
If you enter before 16th August, you can choose the name that will be printed on your race number.
My race number hasn’t arrived, what shall I do?
Please email email@example.com for assistance if your race number hasn't arrived by 5th October.
I would like to take part in the Manchester Half Marathon on behalf of a charity.
We have teamed up with a number of charity partners which includes both national and local charities who would all be delighted if you would run on their behalf.
You will need to contact the charities directly, to sign up to the event using one of their charity places.
Please follow this link to our Manchester Half Marathon charity page, where you can check out our charity partners: http://www.manchesterhalfmarathon.com/charities/
Also, if you have already signed up for the Manchester Half Marathon, you can still raise money for charity by contacting your chosen charity and request a fundraising pack or set up a Just Giving page.
Please note – you can fundraise for any charity of your choice.
Who is the official event fundraising partner?
For the 2018 Manchester Half Marathon, we have teamed up with Just Giving as our preferred fundraising partner.
With Just Giving, you can set up a page in a few clicks and share to your friends, family and colleagues on social media and email. You’ll raise more and change more lives, with your supporters able to follow your progress each step of the way.
To set up a Just Giving fundraising page for the 2018 Manchester Half Marathon please follow this link: https://goo.gl/SJ3cEx
I have a charity entry for the Manchester Half Marathon but can no longer take part.
You will need to contact your charity directly to discuss cancellations.
You will have received their contact information when you registered with them.
What time does the Manchester Half Marathon start?
The race will start at 09:00am on Sunday 14th October 2018. Please make sure you arrive at the Athlete’s Village at Emirates Old Trafford in plenty of time to drop off your baggage and make your way to the start line.
Start address: Bridgewater Way, Stretford, Manchester M16.
Finish address: Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Rd, Stretford, Old Trafford M16 0PX.
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 see our Customer Service team at FIRST STREET (address details above) on Saturday 14th between 10am and 5pm and we shall give you a replacement – you will be charged £10, payable in cash or by card.
Will there be a secure area to keep my kit safe?
Yes, there will be a baggage area to store your kit. This will be located in the Athletes Village at Emirates Old Trafford.
Please do not leave anything valuable or fragile in your bag - if you have car keys, credit cards etc…
We recommend that you run with these in a bum bag, running belt or similar.
Is there a time limit to finish the Manchester Half 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 – 3-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 4 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 4 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.
Will there be Race Pacers at the Manchester Half Marathon?
Yes, there will be a wide range of pacers available on Race Day – specific pacer times will be available closer to race day.
Look out for them to the side of their respective start areas, they will be clearly visible in a Manchester Half Marathon pacer kit.
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!
Can I take part on a roller skates or pushing a buggy?
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.
What nutrition will be available on the course?
There will be water stations at miles 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11 and Gels will be available at approximately mile 5.6 & 8.9.
Post – Race
My Manchester Half Marathon time is incorrect; how do I fix it?
Please contact StuWeb Timing Solutions directly through their Contact Us form. StuWeb’s customer service team will look into sorting out this problem for you.
StuWeb Contact Us form: http://www.stuweb.co.uk/contact
If you think you may have lost something at the event, please contact the office: firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our customer service team will do their best to help try and find your item.
I purchased an iTab when I registered, when do I receive it?
Once your race time has been finalised, we send over your postal address and official finishing time to the company who produce the iTabs. Then they will process your order and post your iTab to you.
I forgot to purchase an iTab during my event registration, can I still get one?
Yes, you can still buy an iTab. To do this, log back in to your entry form at www.riderhq.com , click on your Manchester Half Marathon entry form and select ‘Edit my entry’, then answer ‘YES’ to the question: ‘Would you like to personalise your medal with an iTab’.
How can I purchase Official Race Photographs from the Manchester Half Marathon?
To purchase Official Race Photographs, please go to Awol Adventure - https://www.awoladventure.com/.
Do I receive a finisher bag?
At the end of the race you will receive a finisher bag which will contain the following: finisher t-shirt, medal, bottle of water, foil blanket, High5 protein recovery bar.
Please make sure you pick up the correct size from the XS, small, medium, large or XL stations in the finish chute.
Also, all participants will receive a Virtual Goody Bag which will be sent to you via email and will contain lots of special offers from our sponsors and event partners.
How can I travel to the event?
For all the latest travel and transport updates please visit our website page here.
You will also be able to find more information on:
- Trams - Metrolink
Where is the event village?
The Event Village is located at: Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 0TH
The Customer Service Point and Sponsors activation will all be in the Event Village.
Where can I meet up with family and friends after the race?
There will be a meet up point where you will be able to meet your friends and family it will be located is on Talbot Road outside Kellogg's. Each meeting point will be marked with letters of the alphabet, so you can arrange to meet at a pre-arranged letter.
I would like to Volunteer at the event, how can I do this?
We are always on the look out for new volunteers for the Manchester Half Marathon. To register your interest please email email@example.com.
Are there any showers in the Athletes Village?
No, there are NO showers available.
Where can I view a copy of the entry Terms & Conditions?