The Manchester Marathon will have tens of thousands of runners taking to the streets this weekend.
It is the fourth largest running event in Europe – and the second largest in the UK.
The event was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The big event is back this year after moving to October from its usual April castle.
For the first time, the Manchester Half Marathon takes place on the same day as the Therme Manchester Marathon.
Up to 8,000 runners must participate in 13.1 mile races.
With up to 30,000 runners and thousands more spectators, the marathon for the region’s biggest sporting events.
Among the runners are elite athletes – including Hungarian Fanni Gyurko, Swansea’s Elinor Kirk and Danielle Nimmock from Essex.
Altrincham athlete Andy Norman will also be participating.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Manchester Marathon.
When is the Manchester Marathon?
The Manchester Marathon takes place this Sunday, October 10th.
Participants drive 26.2 miles through the city center and Trafford, with support offered at every step of the way.
The event raises millions for charity, including the British Heart Foundation, The Christie and Cancer Research UK.
Can I still come in?
While it may be too late to participate in marathons and half marathons, there are still ways you can participate in the event.
Applications are still open for next summer’s race, which takes place in April 2022. To register your interest, click on here .
If you want to support the runners, you can participate in the event as a spectator.
If you feel like going the extra mile, you can Sign up to one of the many remaining volunteer roles on behalf of the organizers Human Race.
You will receive a medal, a packed lunch from Booths and a ‘unique experience’ of the race.
Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race, said: “Manchester is already one of the flattest and fastest marathons, but we also want it to be known as the friendliest and funniest. Our amazing volunteers play a huge role in making the event so unique and welcoming the world warmly to Manchester.
“Delivering an iconic event on this scale would not be possible without the commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers on the day, whether they are cheering runners along the route, handing out medals at the finish line or keeping people safely hydrated at one of our many water stations.
“We are pleased that Booths is affiliated as our official volunteer partner, delivering healthy meals to all of our staff on the day and offering such a generous prize to a large group joining our volunteer team.”
“If you want to support 40,000 runners to raise more than £ 5 million for good causes while meeting new people and having a completely unique experience, you can volunteer today and help make Manchester the friendliest marathon in. world.”
He added: “Delivering an iconic event of this scale would simply not be possible without the dedication and enthusiasm of our amazing volunteers on the day, and there are still some important volunteer roles available for Sunday’s race.
Nigel Murray, CEO of Booths, said: “We are delighted to partner with the Therme Manchester Marathon, it looks set to be a fantastic day for both runners and volunteers who raise valuable funds for charity.”
For those who can not attend in person, there will also be a livestream from the event, so you can watch it comfortably at home or at work – You can tune in to a livestream from the event at. 7.50 via the website here.
Route and track maps
The Manchester Marathon starts at Chester Road, near the White City roundabout.
Runners will then turn off and make their way past Old Trafford as they head towards Upper Chorlton Road.
They will then walk towards the town center via Chorlton Road, past Hulme.
When the runners hit the city center, they will run back and make their way towards Stretford and Sale on Bridgewater Way and enter Chester Street.
After passing Sale, runners will remain in a relatively straight line towards Manchester Road before turning off towards Timperley via Park Road.
When the runners hit the Altrincham milestone, they begin to return to the finish line through Brooklands and Marsland Road.
When runners pass near Chorlton-Cum-Hardy on Edge Lane, they will be right near the finish line on Talbot Road through Seymour Grove.
Manchester Marathon 2021 road and street barriers
Due to the large size of the marathon this year, there will be some major road and street roadblocks:
- Chester Road – 06.00 to 16.00 (Fully closed 03.00-16.00 / southbound closed 16.00-18.30)
- Trafford Wharf Road – 8.00 to 15.00
- Wharfside way – 3 to 16
- Deansgate (including Peter Street and Mount Street) – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Chorlton Road and Upper Chorlton Road – 9.30 to 14.30
- Seymmour Grove – 6.00 to 20.00
- Talbot Road – 3 to 18.30)
- Kingsway toward Wilbraham Road (including Edge Lane) – 7 to 19
For a complete list of road and street barriers for the Manchester Marathon 2021, use their interactive map here .
Metrolink employees were to strike on the day of the event.
But Tfgm has announced that the strikes have now been canceled.
Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race said: “We are delighted that the planned industrial action has now been canceled and look forward to delivering the biggest Therme Manchester Marathon ever with minimal disruption to people’s journeys.
“Public transport is probably still busy on Sunday, but more services are coming – including extra shuttle buses to help our runners, volunteers and followers get to where they are going.”
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