The 2020 Great Manchester Run has been cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event, which was originally due to take place in May, had been postponed until 6th September.
But despite trying to find a way to stage the event without impacting NHS services and observing social distancing rules, it has not been possible to find a solution.
Runners who had a place in this year’s event can roll it over to next year’s Great Manchester Run on 23rd May 2021 or receive a refund of their entry fee. The children’s event, the Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run, has also been cancelled and entrants will receive a full refund for their place in this event.
“We haven’t taken the decision to cancel The Great Manchester Run lightly,” said Great Run Company chief executive Paul Foster.
“The event raises huge amounts for charity and is an important day in Manchester’s sporting calendar.
“Over the past few months, we have worked hard to try and find a way to stage the Great Manchester Run while following government guidelines. However, as things stand, and even as the situation improves, it’s not going to be possible and so we have concluded that the best course of action is to cancel the Great Manchester Run this year.
“Despite not being able to stage the event as planned we are exploring ways to mark the occasion and hope to be able to share our plans soon.”
Runners are being invited to run their very own #MyGreatManchesterRun instead. Everyone who manages to complete their distance between now and the event date of 6th Sept will be rewarded with a medal.
Full information is available at greatrun.org/great-manchester-run