The Manchester Half Marathon 2018 takes place in Trafford on Sunday 14th October. Billed as ‘the UK’s flattest, fastest and friendliest half marathon’, the organisers aim for the Manchester Half Marathon to be the largest inclusive mass participation event in the UK.
This is the third edition of the race under Xtra Mile Events, which was acquired by Human Race in April 2017. Affirming the fast and flat credentials of the half marathon, the organisers note that ‘At the 2017 event 86% of the top 50 runners recorded a PB or SB and 50% of the top 250 got a PB.’
Nick Rusling, CEO of the Manchester Half Marathon, said “As the Manchester Half Marathon approaches this weekend, excitement is building and we are all set to deliver our biggest and best event yet. We are looking forward to welcoming our runners and the thousands of spectators who provide outstanding support on the day. We would like to wish all runners the very best of luck with their race on Sunday.”
With 14,000 runners signed up, this year’s race is attracting runners from 48 countries – with a strong British and Irish field.
The organisers have this year introduced a time bonus scheme for UK runners. For one male that goes under 61:30 and a female that goes under 70:00 they will be awarded a £5,000 cash prize. Then for a male under 63:45 and female under 71:30, a £2000 cash prize. Finally, all males that complete the half marathon under 65:00 and all females under 73:30 will receive £500 as a cash bonus prize. The event organisers hope this will drive runners to beat their PBs.
The Manchester Half Marathon is also a favourite among charity fundraisers, many of whom will be running to raise money for the official national charities: Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK. The Christie Charity and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity are the Official Local Charity Partners for the 2018 race.
Cheer zones are situated at specific points along the course and a live stream of the event is available via the event website and the Manchester Half Marathon Facebook page. The live screening of the race can also be seen at Trafford Town Hall.
On Sunday 14th October, the race starts at 9.00am near the Trafford Town Hall at the Trafford Arch on the A56, and the route takes in the Trafford Quays area, Old Trafford, Sale, Brooklands, Altrincham, Urmston and Stretford.