Greater Manchester Marathon

The Greater Manchester Marathon is a long-distance running event in Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. The most recent marathon was held on 7 April 2019, and finished at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. The race was first held in 2012.[1] It is claimed that the race is the flattest marathon course in the UK, with only 54 metres (177 ft) of elevation.[2] The 2013, 2014 and 2015 Greater Manchester Marathon times have been declared invalid after the course was found to be 380m too short.


The first marathon in the Manchester area was run in 1908 and started and finished at the Saracen's Head pub in Warburton, although at this point the run was 20 miles (32 km) only. The first marathon to be run over 26 miles and 385 yards was the race in 1909, it started in Sandbach and finished at the Fallowfield Stadium in Manchester. A marathon has been run along various routes in the Manchester area intermittently throughout the years with various start and finish points.[1] Until 2012, the last marathon to be held in the city was in 2002, with the 10 km Great Manchester Run superseding it as the major running event in Manchester.[3]


The current course finishes at Old Trafford cricket ground and passes a number of famous Manchester landmarks including the Old Trafford football ground.[3][4] It works its way through Trafford Park, Stretford, Sale, Timperley, Altrincham and Urmston.[5]

The 2013, 2014 and 2015 route was subsequently found to be 380 metres (420 yd) short of the correct distance.[6][7]

From 2020, the route will change to allow the inclusion of a three-mile loop through the city centre.[8]

Invalid races[]

The 2013, 2014 and 2015 Greater Manchester Marathon times have been declared invalid after the course was found to be 380m too short in 2016. UK Athletics will not recognise times from those races. The error was corrected in time for 2016 marathon. The Association of UK Course Measurers (AUKCM) said an accred measurer had ridden the course in 2013 but indicated there had been an error in the calibration of the bicycle wheel. Marathon courses are measured out using a bicycle fitted with a counter to calculate distance by the turning of the wheels.[9]


Edition Year Date Time (h:m:s) Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner
8 2019 7 Apr 2:21:34 Aaron Richmond 2:35:19 Jenny Spink[10]
7 2018 8 Apr 2:21:19 Shadrack Tanui 2:38:22 Dani Nimmock[11]
6 2017 2 Apr 2:22:37 Patrick Martin 2:37:03 Georgie Bruinvels[12]
5 2016 10 Apr 2:22:34 Steven Bayton 2:48:04 Kelly Crickmore
4 2015 19 Apr 2:17:47 Paul Martelletti 2:37:21 Georgie Bruinvels
3 2014 6 Apr 2:16:59 Andi Jones 2:38:26 Emily Wicks
2 2013 28 Apr 2:20:19 Dave Norman[13] 2:42:24 Issy Menzies
1 2012 29 Apr 2:24:50 Dave Norman[13] 3:05:26 Rebecca Johnson[14]


Prizes of equal value are awarded to men and women as follows:[15]

Time bonuses are also awarded for men running under 2 hours 20 minutes and women running under 2 hours 30 minutes and ASICS vouchers are awarded to the fastest man and woman in each age group.

See also[]


  1. ^ a b Greater Manchester Marathon – Race History
  2. ^ Greater Manchester Marathon website – general information
  3. ^ a b BBC News | First marathon set for Manchester in a decade
  4. ^ Greater Manchester Marathon – General Information
  5. ^ Greater Manchester Marathon – Route Map
  6. ^ "Greater Manchester Marathon course was 380m short, says measuring body". BBC Sport. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  7. ^ Holland, Phil (18 April 2016). "Investigations into course length of Manchester Marathon 2013–2015". Association of UK Course Measurers. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  8. ^ "2020 City Centre Section". Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Asics Greater Manchester Marathon 2019". Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Asics Greater Manchester Marathon results". Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Asics Greater Manchester Marathon results". Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  13. ^ a b Dave Norman at Power of 10
  14. ^ Rebecca Johnson at Power of 10
  15. ^ Greater Manchester Marathon – Elite entries