2024 Great Manchester Run Guide – route, road closures, wave times and everything else you need to know

Race day is nearly here.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 23rd May 2024

It’s time for thousands more runners to descend on the city centre this weekend as the Great Manchester Run returns for 2024, so we think it’s about time for another helpful guide, don’t you?

Last year marked 20 years of the massive Manc event, one of the most well-attended in the country, with record numbers of runners and many famous athletes like Olympic legend Mo Farah taking part.

This year’s Great Manchester Run is set to be just as big and beautiful; the city and the people really are at their very best on days like these, so you don’t want to miss it.

Here’s everything you need to know about the big day.

The route for the 2024 Great Manchester Run

Let’s start off with something pretty simple but rather important: the route for this year’s Great Manchester Run, which is practically the same as it is every year.


As you can see above, a broad sweep of the half marathon route sees runners set off from the usual starting line on Portland Street before heading out of the city, up and over Mancunian Way before arriving at the Etihad Stadium and looping back around towards Old Trafford.

After ticking off both football stadiums, participants will turn back and head down the long final straight Chester Road towards the finish line on Deansgate.


If you’re doing the 10k though, you can basically cross off the visit to Manchester City‘s stadium and the bulk of the incline, but you’ll still head towards Trafford and Salford Quays direction before coming home.

Whether you’re doing that or the full 13.1 miles, you’ll get to pass some of the most recognisable landmarks in the area.

The 10k course

Run waves and start times

The day itself starts nice and early with the official info point opening from 7am before the first groups of runners are welcomed from 8:15am onwards.


After the elite wheelchair participants set things in motion, the half marathon entrants will obviously set off first before the 10k action gets underway from 11:25. Whether lacing up on the day or cheering on a loved one, here’s when you can expect things to get going.

  • 7am – Information Point opens on Great Northern Square.
  • 8:15am – Elite wheelchair (10k)
  • 8:20am – Orange wave (half marathon)
  • 8:39am – Green Wave start (HM)
  • 11:25am – Elite women (10k)
  • 11:40am – Elite men (10k)
  • 11:40am – Fast-paced and orange wave (10k)
  • 11:59am – Red wave (10k)
  • 12:02pm – Green wave (10k)
  • 12:45pm – Purple wave (10k)
  • 13:03pm – Pink wave (10k)

Travel info and road closures

Now, naturally, when such a huge event with more than 30,000 runners is set to take over the city, not to mention the 100k+ spectators that are expected to line the streets on the day, it’s always going to have an impact on travel.

Those watching on the sidelines are being urged to use public transport wherever possible, with extra trams being put on throughout the day and various other arms of the Bee Network helping people get around the event.

You can also use Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) journey planner as well as their interactive travel map for the day HERE.

Meanwhile, you’ll find the full list of road closures around Manchester down below:


Assembly, bag drops, toilets and race number pick-up points

Once you’ve arrived in the city centre and getting ready for your race, coloured signs will direct participants to the assembly area. The starting points for the various waves are as follows:

  1. Princess Street – Half Marathon – Orange wave / 10k – Orange wave and Purple wave
  2. Charlotte Street – HM – Green wave / 10k – Red wave, Green wave and Pink wave
  3. Dickinson Street – HM – Fast-paced (yellow/white striped numbers) / 10k – Fast-paced (yellow/white striped numbers)

If you’ve brought baggage with you, the official secure bag drop is located at the main foyer of Manchester Central just between Deansgate and St Peter’s Square, which also opens at 7am. You simply need to fill in a baggage label and then you can leave your bag in the secure zone free of charge.

You should have received your race number in the post, which is needed to enter the bag drop, but if you for some reason have gotten yours or need to pick it up on the day, you’ll have to head to the info point at Great Northern (where you can also find last minute safety pins if you need them).

And regarding toilets, there will be a number of facilities made available to runners before the race along Princess Street, Charlotte St, on St Peter’s Square and near the finish line at Peter St. You will also find portaloos spread across various intervals along the running route itself.

Weather (tempting fate here, we know…)

Last but not least, let’s talk weather.


We promise we’re not trying to jinx it and whenever it comes to Manchester weather, take any kind of forecast with a large pinch of salt but, for now, it looks as though the weather isn’t going to be too bad – at least by our standards.

With a fairly warm morning of around 14C and highs of 17C by 1pm before starting to cool down again from 4pm onwards, you shouldn’t be too warm on the day if the Met Office has it right.

On the other hand, we’ve got to be honest with you: there is a 40% chance of precipitation whilst the runners are getting around the course with the likelihood of rain increasing into the evening – but at least everything should be all said and done by then.

After all, it wouldn’t be a truly Manc running event with a bit of rain, would it?

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And that should be just about everything you need to know about this year’s Great Manchester Run and we can’t wait to see the streets packed out with homemade signs and the motivational tunes blasting.


If you have any more questions or queries regarding the run, whether you’re getting stuck in yourself or just there to cheer on all the wonderful runners, you can download the official app and read the full event guide for 2024 HERE.

Good luck to everyone taking part, you’re going to smash it – and for everyone else turning up to show your support, we want to see your hands clapping and hear your voices in full force, as we’re sure they will be.

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Featured Images — Great Run (supplied)