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By Ellie Kemp

The Great Manchester Run has returned to the city for another year.

Some 25,000 competitors will take to the streets to race in the 10K and half marathon events on Sunday, May 22. A Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run will also take place at the Etihad Campus on Saturday 21 May.

Of course, there will also be thousands of people offering their support to those taking on the challenge. The Run, which is known for being Europe's biggest 10km race, will be broadcast on the BBC throughout the day.

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Several roads within the city will be affected by the events and road closures and traffic diversion plans will be in operation on the day. Keep reading to find out all you need to know...

What route does the Great Manchester Run take?

The 10k and half marathon have two different routes - with the half marathon an extra 6.9 miles.

The 10km run starts just off Oxford Road on Portland Street, and continues down onto the A56 towards Old Trafford and then back towards Deansgate. The finish line is at Great Bridgewater Street.

The Half Marathon route (Great Manchester Run)

The half marathon starts and continues along the same journey as the 10k, until taking a big left at the Mancunian Way to continue all the way up to Etihad Stadium before joining the 10k route back down past Old Trafford and back up to the Deansgate area.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

What time is the Great Manchester Run?

This year, the 10k and half marathon will commence on Sunday 22 May 2022.

Here is the current timetable on the day:

07:30 Event, charity village and information point opens
08:00 Great Manchester Half Marathon assembly open
08:20 Great Manchester Half Marathon red and blue waves warm up
08:30 Great Manchester Half Marathon red and blue waves start
09:02 Elite wheelchair start
10:45 Great Manchester 10K white and orange waves assembly open
11:15 Elite women start
11:18 Great Manchester 10K orange and white wave warm up
11:30 Elite men and Great Manchester 10K orange wave start
11:47 Great Manchester 10K white wave start
12:05 Great Manchester 10K green and pink wave assembly open
12:20 Great Manchester 10K green and pink wave warm up
12:30 Great Manchester 10K green wave start
12:47 Great Manchester 10K pink wave start


Which roads will be closed for the Great Manchester Run?

Saturday 21 May

  • Tonman St from Deansgate to Barton St from 09:00 until 23:00 Sunday 22. Access Tonman St via Barton St and Longworth St via Camp St.
  • Liverpool Rd from Barton St to Deansgate from 06:00 until 19:00 Sunday 22.

Sunday 22 May

In alphabetical order, the following roads will be closed:

From 4am

  • Chepstow St : from Oxford St to Great Bridgewater St
  • Deansgate : from Whitworth St West to John Dalton St
  • Dickinson St
  • Peter St : from Mount St to St Peters Square
  • Portland St : from Oxford St to Princess St
  • St John St : from Deansgate to Byrom St

From 6am

  • Mancunian Way (East and West bound) : from Fairfield St to Regent Rd

From 7am

  • Alan Turing Way : From Ashton New Rd to Ashton Old Rd
  • A5063 Trafford Rd : from White City Circle Roundabout to Salford City Boundary
  • A5063 White City Circle
  • A56 Bridgewater Way : from Chester Rd to Wharfside Way
  • A56 Chester Rd : from Bridgewater Way to Bridgewater Viaduct
  • A56 Chester Rd : from White City Circle roundabout to Sir Matt Busby Way
  • A5801 Wharfside Way : from White City Circle Roundabout to Salford City Boundary
  • Abingdon St
  • Ashton Old Rd : from Alan Turing Way to Pin Mill Brow
  • Atkinson St : from Byron St to Deansgate
  • Bloom St : from Chorlton St to Princess St
  • Bootle St : from Deansgate to Southmill St
  • Bridgewater Viaduct
  • Byrom St : from Quay St to Hardman St
  • Central St : from Southmill St to Lloyd St
  • Chepstow St : from Oxford St to Great Bridgewater St
  • Chester Rd : from Bridgewater Way to Bridgewater Viaduct
  • Chester Rd : from Mancunian Way Roundabout to Cornbrook
  • Chester Rd : from Hadfield St to Bridgewater Way
  • Chorlton Rd : from Jackson St to Mancunian Way
  • Chorlton St : from Portland St to Silver St
  • City Rd East : from Albion St to Great Jackson St
  • Cross St : From Cross St to John Dalton St
  • Elevator Rd : from Wharfside Way to Trafford Wharf Rd
  • Ellesmere St : from Hulme Hall Rd to Chester Rd
  • Fairfield St : from Ashton Old Rd to Mancunian Way
  • Great Bridgewater St : from Oxford St to Deansgate
  • Great Jackson St : from City Rd East to Chester Rd
  • Hardman St
  • Hulme Hall Rd : from Ellesmere St to Chester Rd
  • Jacksons Row
  • Lloyd St
  • Major St : from Sackville St to Princess St
  • Manor St : at Mancunian Way
  • Midland St : from Hooper St to Ashton Old Rd
  • Minshul St : from Portland St to Aytoun St
  • Oxford St : from Peter St to Whitworth St West
  • Peter St : from Deansgate to Mount St
  • Pin Mill Brow : from Fairfield St to Mancunian Way
  • Portland St : from New York St to Princess St
  • Princess St : from Albert Square to Portland St
  • Quay St : from Deansgate to Byrom St
  • Sackville St : from Portland St to Major St
  • Silver St : from Minshul St to Chorlton St
  • Sir Alex Ferguson Way
  • Sir Matt Busby Way
  • Southmill St
  • Trafford Rd : from Exchange Quay to Trafford Rd
  • Trafford Wharf Rd : from Warren Bruce Rd to Trafford Rd
  • Warren Bruce Rd : from Wharfside Way to Trafford Wharf Rd
  • Wharf End : from Trafford Wharf Rd to Trafford Rd

From 8.30am

  • Albion St : from Whitworth St West to Medlock St
  • Medlock St : from Albion St to River St
  • Whitworth St : from Albion St to Gloucester St

Road Re-opening times

From 12:00

  • Alan Turning Way

From 12.30

  • Ashton Old Rd
  • Chorlton Rd
  • Fairfield St
  • Manor St
  • Midland St
  • Pin Mill St
  • Mancunian Way

From 3.45pm

  • Albion St
  • City Rd East
  • Great Jackson St
  • Medlock St
  • Whitworth St

From 5.15pm

  • Peter St
  • Portland St
  • Abingdon St
  • Bloom St
  • Bridgewater St
  • Byrom St
  • Chepstow St
  • Chrolton St
  • Cross St
  • Great Bridgewater St
  • Major St
  • Minshul St
  • Princess St
  • Sackville St
  • Silver St
  • Oxford St

From 6.30pm

  • All remaining on course roads

From 7.30pm

  • Deansgate from Whitworth St West to Peter St

From 9pm

  • St John St;

From 11pm

Tonman

Where can I watch the runners?

The Great Manchester Run will be broadcast live on BBC 2 from 11am to 1pm.

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