Manchester Marathon Starts in...

Wondering just how much time until the start of the 2021 Manchester Marathon?

... well wonder no more - the count down timer below shows you exactly how much (or how little) time you have left to get in your training.

You're welcome.

  • The 2021 Manchester Marathon date is now Sunday the 10th October
  • The 2021 Manchester Marathon mass start time is 9:00am (British Summer Time - clocks don't change to GMT until later in Oct)
The original date for the 2020 Manchester Marathon was Sunday the 26th April.
Unfortunately, due to the global spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) the organisers took the unprecedented step of postponing the race until October and made the official announcement on Friday 13th March.
  • Runners with a place for the original 2020 April event will need to pay any extra £10 fee to take part in October 2021.

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The Manchester Marathon

Manchester marathon is has a reputation as a great course with PB potential - as it's mainly flat and fast.

I've included some additional information about this major city marathon race below to give you a feel for what to expect on race day...

Course Maps

The Manchester Marathon course takes in some of Manchester's famous landmarks. So, running the race can be a great opportunity to do some sight seeing.

I've included the official 2020 course map of the entire race below. It's likely that the 2021 course will be very similar. I will update this map - once the official 2021 course route has been confirmed.

Below the course map you can watch a short aerial view video of the 2019 Manchester Marathon event.

Manchester Marathon Course Map

The start and finish are fairly close to each other. With the finish being near the Old Trafford cricket ground.

Does Manchester Marathon have a Cut-Off time?

Yes, as with any city marathon, there are road closures in place to ensure the safety of the marathon participants. But the closures are only ever temporary. So the finish gantry will remain in place until 4pm. That gives a window of between 6 and a half and seven hours to complete the race.

Details of the road closures and the timing of re-opening various road can be found here.

Will there be pacers at the Manchester Marathon?

Yes, the race organisers are planning to have pacers available covering finishing times from 3 hours to 5 and a half hours in approximately 15 minute increments.

Details of the pacing teams can be found here.

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About the author 

Coach D

Hi, I'm Dave. I'm a UK Athletics qualified and licensed Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF), Endurance Event Group Coach and Certified Running Technique Coach. I coach groups and individuals of all abilities both online and in person.I particularly enjoy coaching beginner and improver runners in the 40+ age range.I'm also a regular recreational runner and I've been competing in races from 5k to marathon distance for over 30 years.

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