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Great Manchester Run 10K and Half Marathon: route map and how to enter and watch the 2022 races

Runners are limbering up for the popular Manchester 10K and Half Marathon this weekend: here are the routes they will follow and how to watch the runners in action.

Great Manchester Run 10K is set to make a return in May, with runners already in training for the popular annual event.

The UK’s biggest 10K attracted thousands of runners of all ages and abilities last autumn, from new runners to professional athletes like Eilish McColgan, who will return again this year to compete.

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Runners wanting a longer challenge will be tackling the Great Manchester Half Marathon on the same day.

There are also mini and junior races for kids the day before the main events.

Great Manchester Run 10K 2021

When are the 10K and half marathon?

The 10K and half marathon races take place on Sunday 22 May, 2022.

The half marathons sets off first at 8.30am, followed by the 10K at 11.30am.

The junior events takes place on Saturday 21 May.

What is the route?

The 10K route will again start off in Manchester city centre, beginning on Portland Street, heading out towards Salford Quays and past Old Trafford, before doubling back to finish up at Deansgate.

Great Manchester 10 K 2022 Credit: Great Run

The half marathon also starts at Portland Street but heads out Mancunian Way towards the Etihad stadium before doubling back towards Salford Quays and ending at Deansgate too.

Manchester Half Marathon Route 2022 Credit: Great Run

How do I enter and how much does entry cost?

There are still places available for the races with the cut-out being 10am on Saturday 21 May. Entry costs £42 for the 10K and £49 for the half marathon.

You can enter via the Great Run website here.

Or you can run on behalf of a number of partner charities: see here for details.

Manchester Half Marathon 2021 Photo: David Hurst

Is Great Manchester Run 10K on TV this year?

Yes, the BBC will provide coverage on the day on BBC2 from 11am. Coverage will last til 1pm, or you can watch in the evening again via the red button.

Spectators are also welcome to watch from the roadside on the day and there will be entertainment zones along the route.

And keep an eye on ManchesterWorld for great photo galleries from both 2022 races on the day.