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Manchester Marathon – road closures, route map, and everything you need to know

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 1st April 2022

The Therme Manchester Marathon will take over the city once again on Sunday, with tens of thousands of runners pounding the pavements between the city centre and Altrincham.

The huge running event – the second-largest in the UK – has now returned to its usual April dates after a bit of a shuffle last year.

Elite and amateur runners will all come together to tackle the 26.2 course, which will also be used for the Commonwealth Games Qualifiers.

The Manchester Marathon is particularly popular because of its flat route that will see many runners gunning for their PB.

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To make room for this massively popular sporting event, there’ll be road closures in place across Greater Manchester.

Here’s everything you need to know, whether you’re runner, resident or going along to cheer people on.


When does the Manchester Marathon start?

The Manchester Marathon is set to take place this Sunday, April 3, though there are different start times for all runners.

The official start wave times are below.

Runners will assemble at the bag drop near Old Trafford Cricket Ground before heading to the start line.


What is the Manchester Marathon route map?

The city centre section has had to be rerouted slightly due to roadworks (story of Manchester’s life), but the route is still 26.2 miles.

It goes from Old Trafford, through the city centre, then down through Stretford and Sale to Altrincham before it comes back on itself via Chorlton.

There are activity points all the way along the route to spur people on with everything from samba to live choirs to cheerleaders.

What road closures will be in place?

Several roads around the marathon route will be closed on Sunday – both spectators and runners are advised to use the Metrolink to get around at the weekend.

Some streets will close as early as Saturday morning, and remain shut until late on Sunday.


Make sure you plan ahead before you travel anywhere – there are full maps and helplines on the Manchester Marathon website.

Where to get a well-earned pint after the finish line

There will never be a pint that tastes quite as good as the one you drink after running an entire actual marathon.

You’ve really, really earned that drink (but please do rehydrate on non-alcoholic drinks too).

Cloudwater will be giving away free beer to all finishers at their taproom in the city centre, which is surely enough of a pull to head back into town.

But you’re also only a couple of tram stops away from the brilliant Stretford Foodhall, or there are a handful of fuss-free pubs around Old Trafford itself.

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