2024 Manchester Marathon guide – start times, route, road closures and everything else you need to know

All of the important info ahead of the big day.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 10th April 2024

The adidas Manchester Marathon is back for 2024 and the region is already getting set for thousands of Mancs to take on the annual challenge.

Not only the second-largest race of its kind in the UK but the fourth most popular in all of Europe, the Manchester Marathon welcomes more than 30,000 runners every year and even more spectators from all over the continent. We’re talking around 125,000 people lining the 26.2-mile route. Yowza.

With an unprecedented demand for places at this year’s event, which has been running rather unbelievably since 1908 (no pun intended), this year’s Manchester Marathon on Sunday, 14 April 2024 is genuinely set to be the biggest yet.

So if you’re taking part or just cheering the competitors on from the sidelines, here’s everything you need to know about the 2024 adidas Manchester Marathon.

Manchester Marathon Route, waves and timings

As with previous years, the route will start and end over in Trafford. Participants will set off underneath Trafford Arch at White City Circle, making their way past Old Trafford before
heading back towards the city centre via Chorlton and Hulme.


After reaching the city centre, runners will then head towards Stretford, passing through Sale
before turning off as they approach Timperley and eventually reach Altrincham around the 16-mile mark.

The final leg of the route will take runners through Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, with Talbot Road leading you back to the finish line. For those feeling any nerves (like the runner currently writing this), you’ll be glad to know the Manchester Marathon is one of the flattest in the country.


You can see the full breakdown of timings and coloured waves down below. You can also watch the full virtual run-through of the running route HERE.

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You can view the full participant guide HERE.

Event Village – entry points, bag drop, toilets and more

Event Village will once again be based around the Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, where participants will also be able to find entry points to the start line.

Info points, bag drops and toilet facilities will also be available around the pre and post-race complex, along with first aid tents and dedicated access routes from nearby parking spots and local transport.


Event Village will be strictly open to runners between 7:30–10:30am, operating on a one-way system, before being opened up to the thousands of supporters expected to line the streets.

You can see a full map of the area down below, including where to drop your bags and nip to the loo before you set off on your race – and don’t worry, there will be places to stop for the toilet along the route if nature is annoying enough to calls.

where is event village manchester marathon?
To help you familiarise yourself with your surroundings.

Road closures for the Manchester Marathon

The road closures for this year’s marathon include the A56 (Northbound and Southbound), with the officials set to start closing roads at 3am and begin re-opening roads from 2pm onwards after the course begins to clear.

The last closed road is expected to re-open around 8pm through Chorlton and Old Trafford towards the end of the course.

You can find further details on road closure and what other parts of Greater Manchester are set to be impacted HERE.


Travel advice

As mentioned, road closure will obviously impact people coming in and out of the city as well as to various spots along the marathon route, so whether you’re a local or travelling in from elsewhere, it’s worth knowing where to be and where’s best to avoid too.

Travel warnings and advice have now been issued by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), which you can see in full here.

In a nutshell, it’s expected that public transport will be very busy before, during and after the race, but the Metrolink trams still remain the best way to get around. Bus routes will be being diverted.

People have been asked to leave their cars at home or use park and rides where possible due to all the road closures, displaced traffic and expected congestion.

It goes without saying that there will also be a significant number of road closures throughout Sunday as well. However, once again, the wonderful organisers have you covered; you can see the full list of closures HERE and they have even put together an interactive map for you to check what’s shut when:


Public transport

People are also being advised to leave their cars at home where possible to avoid the busy roads, or to at least use the free park-and-ride services on the way into Manchester and travel to their destinations via our city’s wonderful tram network.

Metrolink will be operating a six-minute frequency on the Altrincham line with more double trams and increased capacity along various other lines too. That being said, services are expected to be extremely busy throughout the day, so if you can travel flexibly, the predicted quietest time to travel is around 4pm.

Once you’ve tapped on and tapped off, most fan corners, cheer zones and regular spots for supporters to gather together should only be a short walk away from your chosen tram stop.

New mascots, event shirts and the 2024 finisher’s medals picked by the public

This year, the adidas Manchester Marathon also welcomes on board a brand new mascot, Chester the Bee, who will join the event’s much-loved existing mascot, Manny the Bee to help bring extra cheer to the festivities on the day.

As we all know and love, Manchester has a vibrant LGBTQIA+ community and, as the organisers said in a press release, “introducing mascots that celebrate this diversity allows the marathon to reflect these identities within Greater Manchester. It’s a way to honour the unique contributions and experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals and showcase their pride within the larger community.”


Better still, the organisers donate £1 for every participant taking on the marathon straight to the Trafford Active Fund, which offers local groups the chance to receive a special allocation of funding to build a long-lasting sport and physical activity legacy in Greater Manchester. Money from the marathon also goes towards planting trees across the region through the Green Runner scheme.

You can also see what this year’s general public selected as the design for this year’s Manchester Marathon finisher’s medal design down below. It’s a pretty one.

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With a record 32,000+ runners set to hit the streets of 0161 this year, we cannot wait for people all over the ten boroughs to get soaked up in the spirit of the day.

It’s genuinely one of the most wholesome dates on the calendar and we’re just praying for a sunny day to make it perfect.

It’s also estimated that the event will raise around £3.5 million for hundreds of charities,
with nearly 2,000 places allocated to representatives from Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer
Research UK, British Heart Foundation and The Christie. You absolutely love to see it.


Good luck to everyone taking part on the day — you’re all going to absolutely smash it.

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