Manchester Marathon 2023 route advice from the race organisers

We speak to the race director of the Manchester Marathon 2023 to find out more information about this year’s race - from the new route, to advice for spectators, to what roads will be closed on the big day.

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Thousands of runners from the North West and beyond will be counting down the days until marathon race day along the streets of Manchester. The Adidas Manchester Marathon takes place on Sunday April 16, and this year there will be 28,000 participants running through areas of the city centre and Greater Manchester.

The 26.2 mile race across the city-region has been the second largest marathon in the UK for some time and is the fourth largest in Europe. The marathon is considered to have a flat and 'friendly' route, and around 700 people taking part this year will have run the race three or more times.

The Adidas Manchester Marathon has attracted a further 4,000 people to take part in 2023, and each year the race is growing in popularity.

The race will begin under Trafford Arch in Old Trafford and participants are encouraged to use public transport to get to the race to reduce parking struggles and congestion. There are also various park-and-rides dotted around that can be found via the Manchester Marathon website.

A lot of of the city-region will be shut down for the race on the April 16, both in the city centre and in Greater Manchester.

More information can be found online here and by watching our video report with race organisers.