Manchester Half Marathon FAQs

Get to grips with the nitty gritty here. All your questions answered.


When is the 2017 Manchester Half Marathon?

The 2017 Manchester Half Marathon will be held on 15th October.

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 09:00am on Monday 25th 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-    

If there is a mistake on your race number please contact us via email-   

International runners and late entrants, who enter after 9:00am on 25th September will need to collect their number from our Customer Services team who will be based at First Street in Manchester City Centre (please see below for address details).

Numbers can be collected bon Friday 13th October between 4pm and 8pm and on Saturday 14th between 10am and 5pm. There will be no race number collection on race day.

 Please note: Friday the 13th & Saturday 14th October are the only collection days, there will be no collection on race day.

The pick-up point is located at: 


2 Tony Wilson Place  


M15 4FN 

For more detail’s including directions please visit:    

Can someone else pick up my number?

Yes, you may authorise someone else to pick up your number at the pick up point on Friday 13th October or Saturday 14th October. They will need to bring their own original photo ID, a signed letter from you giving them permission, and your 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 email for assistance if your race number hasn't arrived by 5th October.

I’ve lost my race number, can I have another one?

Please email 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 our Customer Services team on Friday 13th between 4pm and 8pm & Saturday 14th October between 10am and 5pm.

The pick-up point will be open at the hours above. Please note: Friday 13th & Saturday 14th October are the only collection times, there will be no collection on race day. 

The pick-up point is located at: 


2 Tony Wilson Place  


M15 4FN 

For more detail’s including directions please visit:   

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 Friday 13th between 4pm and 8pm and Saturday 14th between 10am and 5pm and we shall give you a replacement – you will be charged £10, payable in cash or by card

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.

When do entries close?

Entries will close on 25th September or when the race is full. After this time you can still enter if we have space, either by phone, or by coming to the Race Pack Collection point on Friday 13th or Saturday 14th October with £50 in cash or card and proof that you are over 17 (if you are lucky enough to look young).

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  Spectator information will be available separately in the same format.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry fees open to the general public start at £36.00 (£34.00 for affiliated runners) and will rise as the race fills. No warning will be given as to when the price will rise so enter soon to get the best price.

 Is there a race capacity for the 2017 Manchester Half Marathon?

Yes, entries are limited to 15,000 runners.

Do I need a qualifying time to run the 2017 Manchester Half Marathon?

 No, the Manchester Half Marathon is open to all entrants over the age of 17.

I am injured and / or cannot run the event. Can I get a refund or transfer my entry to someone else?

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 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. Similarly to other major half marathons, up until the 15th October (the day before the race), upon receipt of your withdrawal notice, you can defer your entry to the 2017 race. Please note though that this means that you have a guaranteed place on the 2017 Manchester Half Marathon, but you will need to pay the entry fee again.

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.

If I provide medical documentation of my injury or pregnancy, am I entitled to a refund?

No, but until 15th August we are happy to transfer your place to 2018.

Can I run the 2017 Manchester Half Marathon without registering?

No, all runners without an official Manchester Half Marathon number will be directed off the course.

Where can I view a copy of the entry Terms & Conditions? 

Click here to view the entry Terms & Conditions

Click here to view our Privacy Policy 


What is the date of the marathon?

15th October 2017

What time does the race start?

Runners start at 09.00.

Where does the race start and finish?

The race will start on the A56 near the White City roundabout near Old Trafford. The finish will be on Talbot Road outside Emirates Old Trafford.

Where is the Athletes Village?

The Athlete’s Village is in the car park outside Emirates Old Trafford. This is a five minute walk from the start.

Will there be a secure area to keep my kit safe?

Yes, there will be a baggage area to store your kit. 

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. 

To be extra sure, we suggest that you put a label with your contact details in your kit bag just in case your race number tag is lost.

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 – 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.

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.

What nutrition will be available on the course?

There will be water at miles 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11 and HIGH5 Gels will be available at approximately mile 5.6 & 8.9

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 Athletes Village?

No, there are NO showers available.

Is the 2017 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.

What’s in the finisher bag?

Your finisher bag contains 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. 

An E-goody bag will be sent to everyone with special offers from our sponsors and other partners.

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 their position on the route according to their pace.

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. Road closure information will be publicised shortly.

When will the results be published?

Results will be posted live on the website. If you spot an inaccuracy please email

How old do I have to be to run?

All runners must be at least 17 years old on the day of the race.