Manchester Marathon and Half Marathon 2021

Manchester Marathon and Half Marathon 2021

Marathon

Location
Manchester Marathon
Date
Sunday 10 October 2021 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Impacted area(s)

Altrincham, Sale, Stretford, Chorlton, Hulme and Manchester city centre.

Other local areas may also be impacted.

The Manchester Marathon and the Manchester Half Marathon are returning to the city on Sunday 10 October (8am start time).  

Both events will be taking place on the same day, meaning all public transport services and roads are expected to be extremely busy.

The planned Metrolink industrial action on Sunday 10 October has been cancelled and we are pleased to be able to operate a normal Sunday service and shuttle buses to support the Manchester Marathon.

You can keep up to date with the latest information on the day by following @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink on Twitter. 

Our key travel messages

  • A regular Sunday service will operate on Metrolink throughout the day.
  • Shuttle buses for the event will be running from two locations, Manchester Piccadilly Gardens and Peel L&P Park and Ride at Event City. Both will operate every approximately 10 minutes from 6am to 6pm to Trafford Wharf Road and Old Trafford, providing good accessibility to the event village.
  • Where possible, avoid driving on the day as roads in Old Trafford, Stretford, Altrincham, Chorlton, Whalley Range, Hulme and Manchester city centre will be affected by the closures until the evening. Consider walking or cycling for shorter trips as it may be quicker for you.
  • A number of bus services will be diverted from the start of service until approximately 6pm. If you have to catch a bus, plan ahead to check your diversion route.

Metrolink  

The planned Metrolink industrial action on Sunday has been cancelled and we are pleased to be able to operate a normal Sunday service, with additional shuttle bus services, to support the Manchester Marathon.

If you're travelling to watch or compete in the run, Metrolink services operate from 7am on Sunday morning.

All lines – in particular the Altrincham, East Didsbury and Trafford Park Lines – are expected to be much busier than normal throughout the day.

We would advise you to allow plenty of extra time for your journey if you are planning on travelling on the day.

Shuttle buses

Shuttle buses will be running from two locations, Manchester Piccadilly Gardens and Peel L&P Park and Ride at Event City.

Both will operate every approximately 10 minutes from 6am to 6pm to Trafford Wharf Road and Old Trafford, providing good accessibility to the event village:

  • Piccadilly Gardens to Trafford Wharf Road
  • Peel L&P Park and Ride at Event City to Trafford Wharf Road

Customers will need to have a valid Metrolink ticket to use the Shuttle bus, which can be purchased from any Metrolink stop (including Barton Dock Road stop).

Relay shuttle service

In addition to this, a relay shuttle services will take participants to the relay points on the course at Brooklands and Timperley before returning back to Old Trafford. Runners finishing at Cornbrook will be able to take a tram back to Old Trafford.

The shuttle services will run from 11am to 1pm to transfer runners to the relay point and bring back runners to the event village.

If you’re travelling from Cornbrook it’s advised you make your way to the event village by tram or on foot, which is approximately a 25-minute walk.

Not going to the event  

Metrolink services which are operating are expected to be extremely busy throughout the day. If you can travel flexibly, the predicted quietest time to travel is 12pm to 3pm.

Tickets  

We recommend using contactless, 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. 

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. This is available via ticket machines on-stop.

Park and ride  

Metrolink customers can park for free at park and ride sites and then board a tram to the event. 

There are lots of sites, so depending on your direction of travel you can find one which is convenient for your journey home. 

Find your nearest park and ride site. 

Bus

Several bus services will be diverted throughout the day due to the road closures in place for the event. 

If you are planning on catching the bus at any point during the day, please remember to allow more time for your journey as services are likely to be affected by the additional traffic on the roads.  

The following bus services will be diverted: CAT5, 11, 11A, 15, 18, 19, 23, 25, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 41, 50, 53, 79, 88, 150, 197, 245, 247, 250, 255, 256, 263, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, V1, V2 and X50.  

Altrincham Interchange will be partially closed to buses until 1.30pm as Stamford New Road will be closed. 

Some bus services will be unable to serve Altrincham town centre altogether. Those that can, will use a temporary terminus in the Rail Station Car Park, on the opposite side of the Interchange, which is located off Oakfield Road.

If you are considering catching a bus, follow the bus operators on Twitter for the latest service updates:  

Rail

If you are catching the train into Manchester for the event, Manchester Piccadilly and Deansgate-Castlefield provide onward Metrolink connections to Old Trafford tram stop close to the start line.

Please remember to plan your journey in advance of the date by checking on the National Rail Website.

You can keep up to date on the latest rail updates by following @nationalrailenq on Twitter.

Walking and cycling  

If you are going to watch the event or just travelling around on the day, we would advise you consider walking or cycling for shorter trips as it may be quicker for you.

Due to the number of road closures in place on the day, journey times in the car are likely to increase compared to a typical Sunday.

Consider your options with our active travel website. 

Driving

We would strongly advise against driving on the day of the event. Roads in Trafford and Manchester city centre will be temporarily closed to traffic as they become part of the course.

Roads will be closed and reopened at different times during the day, with the earliest and latest closures from 4am up until 11pm.

Closures will mean all traffic will need to use alternative routes and there could be congestion on these roads, especially roads near the marathon route.

  • Trafford Road, the Inner Ring Road and A56 Chester Road will be the most affected.

If you have to take the car out, remember to allow plenty of time for your journey and consider re-routing your journey to avoid the affected area.

Useful Links

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