Manchester Half Marathon

The Manchester Half is a 13.1 mile challenge, starting and finishing by Old Trafford, and is easily the biggest in the region with over 15,000 runners

About the run

The Manchester Half is a 13.1 mile challenge that takes place every October, starting and finishing by Old Trafford, and is easily the biggest in the region with over 15,000 runners. It’s an event that aims to truly represent all the wonderful people of Manchester, and celebrate their achievements.

Since its launch in 2016 it has received rave reviews from participants, thanks to its professional delivery, flat route and amazing support from crowds around the course.

The 2023 Manchester Half will take place on Sunday 15th October, as Manchester’s favourite half marathon places are extremely popular, early entries are now open – be sure to sign up quickly to avoid disappointment.


What will I receive before the race?

You will be sent a race pack by post by the Cardiff Half Organisers. This pack will include important race information, race number and timing chip. It will arrive within 7 days of the event at the latest. If it does not, email [email protected] on the Friday of race weekend and a replacement pack will be arranged for collection at the race. The organisers are unable to allocate replacements until this date, so please wait until then before making contact, to allow the maximum amount of time for your pack to arrive. Rest assured, if you have a confirmation email and you contact them on the Friday before the event you will be able to participate.

As detailed in the terms and conditions of entry, the Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon is a running race in which participants should make best efforts to complete the course within a 4 hour 30 minute cut-off point. In order to safely get the city moving again and protect all participants, after this time all roads will be reopened and throughout the race a sweep bus will collect those at the back of the race unable to keep up with the allotted 20 minute a mile pace. We encourage everyone to run as much as possible in order to avoid the cut-off time.

Where is the race start, finish and event village?

The race starts outside Cardiff Castle on Castle Street from 10am. The race will finish on King Edward VII Avenue. The event village is at City Hall Lawn outside Cardiff’s City Hall.

Can I get a photograph of myself running the race?

Yes there will be photographers around the course although we cannot guarantee that you will be captured with so many participants out on the course. Their pictures will be available to purchase at:

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