The award-winning Manchester Half Marathon in Trafford returns for its second year on Sunday 15 October 2017, and expectations are high following the success of the inaugural event last autumn. Starting at White City roundabout and finishing at Emirates Old Trafford home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, the Manchester Half Marathon is one of the flattest and fastest half marathons, with only 41m elevation gain and a glorious two-mile + finish straight.
The super fast course makes it one of the best events for PB hunters, with 74% of the first 50 finishers achieving a personal or a seasonal best at the 2016 event. The debut event also saw an impressive 22 male athletes beat the magical 70-minute mark.
The course takes runners on wide, closed roads through Old Trafford, Stretford, Brooklands and Sale, and has been accurately measured to IAAF/AIMS certification.
Feedback from all channels since the first event has been hugely positive and the race is already proving to be a favourite among the running community, winning bronze in the Best Half Marathon category (≥ 5,000 runners) at The 2017 Running Awards.
Added to the fast course is first-class entertainment and superb crowd support from this sport-loving city. The 2017 Manchester Half Marathon is also a fantastic platform for charity fundraising and welcomes anyone wishing to run for one of its official charity partners: Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK (National Charity Partners), and The Christie and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (Local Charity Partners).
The course record for the Manchester Half Marathon currently stands at 01:04:41 for the men, set last year by Adam Hickey, and at 01:12:59 for the women, set by Rebecca Murray.
A total of 15,000 places are available for the 2017 Manchester Half Marathon, with entry fees starting at £34 affiliated / £36 non-affiliated.
All finishers will receive a medal, finisher’s T-shirt with a unique Manchester design and a finisher’s bag. For more information and to sign up, go to the event website.