Para Athletes

Please note the information below relates to the 2019 Manchester Half. 2021 details will be confirmed shortly.

For all Wheelchair athlete and Para-Athlete enquiries, please get in touch with us on

We have a disabled athletes access point at the start area, to allow easier access for disabled athletes to enter the race. Additionally, we have a monetary prize fund for wheelchair racers: Please check Elite Athletes page for Elite Wheelchair entries and prize money.

Who can enter?

We welcome all Para Athletes, including assisted wheelchairs & racerunners, however all athletes must complete the race in the allocated time (see below).

Please note, we do not currently allow hand-cycles to enter our running races.


If running with a guide/assistant please let us know and we can issue you with one free place.

Wheelchair racers

Wheelchair racers will start at the front to be set off at 08:55am, before the main race at 9:00am.

Please note; to enter into this race you must have a racing wheelchair and complete within 1 hour 20 Minutes.

Day Wheelchairs

Disabled athletes using day wheelchairs, Race Runners and any other form of wheelchair will be filtered in at the back of the race from the Disabled Athletes Access Point, the designated holding area. Directions to access this are here.

If you would prefer, as in previous years, to start at the back of the pens then you can go straight there – check out this map to see how.

Other disabled athletes

You can go straight to your allocated start pen as usual based on your expected finish time / coloured bib.

Alternatively, you are welcome to use Disabled Athletes Access Point, the designated holding area based at the start, allowing you to be conveniently filtered into your allocated start time nearer the front.

IPC / UK Classified Athletes

Please ensure you adhere to the World Para Athletics and IAAF rules. For information about UK Classification please visit here.

Disabled Athletes Access Point

We have a designated holding area at the side of the Start area with an accessible toilet facility for disabled athletes to wait for the event to start. Directions to this are here. All disabled athletes are welcome to use this designated holding area. If you wish to use the designated holding area please inform us.

What is the cut off time?

The finish gantry and finish straight will remain open until 13:30.* However, due to our staggered road closures, you may be asked to move onto the pavement before this time so we can appropriately facilitate the roads re-opening for business and resident access.

* Please be aware that although the main race begins at 09:00 you may not cross the start line until after 09:30. This allows for a finishing time of 3hrs30 to 4hrs.

Can I be escorted to the Disabled Athletes Access Point, designated holding area?

If you would like to be escorted to the designated holding area near the start, please contact us for more details.

Where is the Disabled Car Parking?

The location for disabled car parking for 2020 is still being decided and will communicated through this page shortly.

If you require any additional assistance please get in touch.