Manchester Marathon 2022: when is the date and how do I enter? Plus more Marathon 2021 photos

If you’ve been inspired by the spate of recent running events in Manchester this autumn, here’s how you can get involved next year and get cut-price entry.

Manchester Marathon and Half Marathon 2021 take place on Sunday 10 October - but there’s already been a spike in interest from people interested in signing up for the 2022 event.

This year’s race had to be pushed back from its usual spring timeslot due to Covid restrictions but the 2022 event will take place earlier in the year.

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When is Manchester Marathon 2022?

The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday 3 April 2022 in line with its traditional timing - giving you just six months to get in shape!

How do I enter Manchester Marathon 2022?

A small allocation of earlybird general entries have been opened already.

It costs from £59 which is a discount from the usual £69 for later entries, which will be released at a later date.

As the UK’s second biggest marathon already (with 32,000 people taking part in 2021), places are likely to fill up fast.

You can book your spot at the official Marathon website here.

Manchester Marathon 2021 Photo: David Hurst
Manchester Marathon 2021 Photo: David Hurst
Manchester Marathon 2021 Photo: David Hurst
Manchester Marathon 2021 Photo: David Hurst
Manchester Marathon 2021 Photo: David Hurst
Manchester Marathon 2021 Photo: David Hurst

What about the Half Marathon 2022?

Places have not yet been released for the sister half marathon event.

How do I start training for Manchester Marathon 2022?

If you’ve been inspired to get off the couch and give next year’s event a go, Origym has put together a handy guide to get you up to speed and prepared to tackle the 26.2 mile challenge.

Runners are advised to make sure they have the right clothing, with shoes that support their gait, socks that prevent blisters and clothes that fit well, being not too tight and not too baggy.

Start building up a base mileage by doing three or four runs of around two miles each, building up within three months or so to doing around five to six miles.

Training tips are being shared to help people inspired to enter next year’s Manchester Marathon

You should then start ramping up the distance, increasing it week on week, until you are doing one long run of around 11 to 12 miles each week.

Doing shorter, quicker runs can also help build up aerobic capacity.

Once you get to about 20 miles you should then begin tapering, or decreasing your mileage, to prepare your body for the big day.

Runners are also advised to remember to recover well, mix up their runs with a bit of gym work and get plenty of sleep.