Great Manchester Run


Great Manchester Run 2022
Sunday 22 May 2022 from 7:00am to 3:00pm
Impacted area(s)

Manchester city centre, Mancunian Way, Ashton Old Road, Trafford

Manchester’s iconic event returns to the city’s streets on Sunday 22nd May with the half marathon and 10k events.

To ensure you have the best experience, we’ve laid out some helpful travel advice to ensure you and your supporters are prepared for the all-important race day!

Arriving into Manchester by train

If you are travelling from outside the northwest by train to participate to this year’s Manchester Run, we recommend traveling to Oxford Road or Manchester Piccadilly station. Oxford Road train station is the closest to the start line in Portland Street and it is only 10 minutes’ walk. From Piccadilly you can walk or connect with Metrolink trams to take you to the start line. Please ensure you plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey, in view of potential delays or strike actions that might affect services on Sunday 22 May.

Getting to the start line

First time to Manchester? Getting around is simple with the city’s Metrolink system.

There are 99 stops on the network with many close the event start/finish line and along the race route.

The nearest stop to the start line on Portland Street is St Peter's Square and finish line on Deansgate is Deansgate-Castlefield.

All runners will be asked to follow a walking route through China Town area to access Portland Street via Charlotte Street or Princess Street.

Metrolink tickets

We recommend using contactless payment for travel.

Just touch-in at the start of a journey and touch-out at the end using a contactless bank card or device (such as a phone or watch) at the on-stop machines. We’ll then calculate your fare, but make sure you use the same device to avoid being overcharged!

If you're travelling by Metrolink as a family, you can save money with our family travelcard which allows travel for one to three children (aged under 16) accompanied by one or two adults. However, this only is available via the on-stop ticket machines.

You can find further information about ticket prices, tram frequency and everything else at

Park & Ride

Don’t know where to park?

Park and Ride & Metrolink is a quick and easy solution to travel to the event, without worrying where to leave your car. This is a free service to passengers with a valid Metrolink ticket.

  • East Didsbury with 302 spaces.
  • Brooklands with 108 spaces.
  • Navigation Road with 81 spaces.
  • Sale Water Park with 300 spaces.
  • Ladywell with 250 spaces.
  • Parkway with 360 spaces.

View the full race route map and the location of Park and Ride locations.


Providing a friend with that all important encouragement and cheer?

There are many Metrolink stops located close to spectating points along the Manchester Marathon race route.

This means it’s quite easy to cheer them on from the start, halfway through and as they cross the finish line!

Below is a list of the stops which are close to the race route and how far along they are.

Half Marathon

  • St Peter’s Square – for the start line
  • Manchester Piccadilly – 2-mile marker
  • Etihad Campus/Velopark – 4/5mile marker
  • Old Trafford – 10-mile marker
  • Trafford Wharf Road/ Wharfside/Imperial War Museum – 11-mile marker
  • Cornbrook – 9/12.5-mile marker
  • Deansgate Castlefield – for the finish line


  • St Peter’s Square – for the start line
  • Cornbrook - 2km marker
  • Old Trafford – 4km marker
  • Wharfside/Imperial War Museum – 6/7km marker
  • Cornbrook – 9km marker
  • Deansgate Castlefield – for the finish line

Road closures

As you can imagine, the race route requires a significant number of road closures across the Sunday. We strongly dissuade driving on the Sunday as the closures are likely to cause congestion on other parts of the network. And we wouldn’t want you to be delayed!

Useful Links

We have brought together some links that can help plan your journey.