Manchester Half Marathon 2023: Met Office weather forecast as thousand of runners take to the streets

The weather is a pretty important component to an event like this

The Manchester Half Marathon is almost here, and thousands of runners will be finishing up training programmes ahead of the big day. For those participating, they will be keeping an eye out on the streets for loved ones watching on.

As with all outdoor events, the weather forecast is a key component. Although you can famously plan everything but the weather, runners and spectators will be wondering how they need to prepare for the conditions. 

At first look, the forecast for race day, which is Sunday October 15, looks pretty good. Bright blue skies can be expected, but it will be chilly to say the least. 

There will be a high temperature of 10C but at around 10am it could feel as cool as 6/7C. The double figures temperature may only be reached in the early afternoon. 

By around 4pm most of the clear skies over Manchester will have been replaced by clouds. All in all, it should be good weather to take part or watch the Half Marathon. Below is the latest Met Office forecast for the North West.

Met Office forecast for North West 


A damp start with rain clearing away to the south of the region during the morning. Thereafter a dry day with brighter skies across Cumbria edging southwards. Breezy at times and feeling cooler. Maximum temperature 15C.


Remaining dry this evening with clear skies developing widely. Light winds will allow temperatures to fall into the single figures leading to a chilly night with a possible rural frost. Minimum temperature 5C.


After a fresh start, it'll stay dry and bright throughout the day with plenty of sunny spells. Temperatures nearer to average with light winds. Maximum temperature 14 C.

Early rain clearing to the south on Friday, with skies brightening. Colder, but sunnier on the weekend with a few showers along the coasts. Chilly nights with a frost.