Great Manchester Run will go ahead in 2021 with new date

A series of virtual running challenges will help you start the year strong, ready for the start line in September

January gives us a chance to set goals and ambitions for the year ahead – and for many of us that includes improving our fitness

Whether you’ve committed to a resolution or you just want to fly out of the starting blocks, the key to staying motivated and achieving what you set out to, is to set yourself a realistic goal. 

That’s where Great Run can help.

The Great Manchester Run is an annual fixture in the calendar, a marker point for Mancunians to reach their peak physical fitness. 

Each year tens of thousands line up on the start line, running for good causes, for PBs, and for fun.

Following the cancellation of the event in 2020, the good news is that the event is scheduled to go ahead in 2021. 

However, the pandemic has forced the organisers to make a change in 2021.

The event has moved from its usual May date, and is now scheduled for Sunday 26th September. 

That may seem a long way away. But Great Run has created a series of virtual running challenges to help you start the year strong, and build your fitness for the start line in September.

To firmly put 2020 behind us, the January Great Run Solo Accumulator encourages you to Run Away From 2020.

The challenge is to complete 21 activities (run, jog, walk) of any distance in January – it’s a challenge for all abilities that celebrates all activity. Walk, jog, run, or do a mix of everything, it all counts.

Complete 21 activities or more and your efforts will be rewarded with a 2-in-1 medal. The challenge ends on 31st January, and you can join the challenge anytime from now up to Monday 11th January at 10am, when entries close.

Or if distance is your thing, the Great Run Solo Distance Challenge is designed to keep you racking up the miles over a seven or 28 day period. 

Choose from seven miles, 50k, 100k or 150k, reach or exceed the distance across the challenge period, and your efforts will be rewarded with an awesome medal. 

With a range of distances to choose from, there is a challenge for everyone.

Now more than ever we need to prioritise our mental and physical health by staying active and supporting others. 

Although Manchester’s running calendar looks a bit different, it’s still set to be a great year of running.


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