The Greater Manchester Marathon is a long-distance running event in Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. The most recent marathon was held on 8 April 2018, and finished at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. The race was first held in 2012. It is claimed that the race is the flattest marathon course in the UK, with only 54 metres (177 ft) of elevation. 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. 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.
The current course finishes at Old Trafford cricket ground and passes a number of famous Manchester landmarks including the Old Trafford football ground. It works its way through Trafford Park, Stretford, Sale, Timperley, Altrincham and Urmston.
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.
|Edition||Year||Date||Time (h:m:s)||Men's winner||Time (h:m:s)||Women's winner|
|6||2017||2 Apr||2:22:37||Patrick Martin||2:37:03||Georgie Bruinvels|
|5||2016||10 Apr||2:22:34||Steven Bayton||2:48:04||Kelly Crickmore|
|4||2015||19 Apr||Paul Martelletti||Georgie Bruinvels|
|3||2014||6 Apr||Andi Jones||Emily Wicks|
|2||2013||28 Apr||Dave Norman||Issy Menzies|
|1||2012||29 Apr||2:24:50||Dave Norman||3:05:26||Rebecca Johnson|
Prizes of equal value are awarded to men and women as follows:
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.