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Great Manchester Run is “havin’ it large” this year – here’s what’s new for 2022

Live DJs, Madchester zone, supersized medals, pacers with music, and Hacienda finale as this year's Great Manchester Run promises to be a party from start to finish with new course activations

Great just got greater at the Great Manchester Run.

The 10K and half marathon distances have been popular with local runners of all ages and abilities for almost two decades, but organisers are (literally) pulling out all of the stops to ensure this year will be the best yet.

New for 2022, runners can look forward to a live, start line DJ pumping out a high energy set to help them find their groove for the challenge ahead. 

Timed pacers, to make sure runners have the best possible chance of smashing out a personal best, will be powered by music, blasting out tunes all along the course to keep motivation high. 

The Run Thru Madchester Zone, a brand-new on-course entertainment area, will be 50 meters of madness, complete with a wall of sound, power up boards and super soakers.

As they cross the line this year, runners will also have the chance to enjoy an Après Run zone for the very first time. Billed as the perfect place for post-race celebrations, the afterparty will feature more great music and food and drink stalls, with full details on this exciting new addition expected later this month. 

Get ready for one or two post-race selfies with their bigger and better medals, featuring an exclusive design that encapsulates everything that makes Manchester great. 

All of this is in addition to the unforgettable Great Manchester Run experience that runners know and love, including more than 20 on-course music and entertainment zones. Here’s what else you can expect to see (and, of course, hear) whether you’re taking part or cheering on this year:

People’s Playlist

Power through this section with tunes chosen by the people of Manchester – guilty pleasures and Manc anthems galore. A playlist for your run.

Pump It UP and Beats Boost zones

Pump It UP and Beats Boost will get your legs pumping that little bit quicker to the finish line. Powered by DJ Trucks, expect motivation levels to skyrocket.

Bands On The Run

We’ve lined up some of the best bands and local musical artists to provide the soundtrack to your run. From Conundrum to the excellent Halle Youth Ensemble – they’ll have you bopping, clapping & singing as you run past.

Charity Cheering Points

Loud cheering, clapping and hollering your name – the charity cheering buses provide instant motivation and inspiration for runners. This year there are five charity cheering buses on the course with wonderful supporters representing Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and The Christie.

Hacienda finale

We’re bringing the party back to give you that much-needed boost just as the finish comes into view. With a Hacienda inspired playlist, a massive sound system and disco lights, we want to see those hands up until you’re right across the finish line.

There is still time to join us on Sunday, 22 May 2022, for an inclusive celebration of Mancunian running, with music blazing, crowds buzzing, legs pumping, and fists bumping. Starting and finishing in the heart of the city, the route passes iconic landmarks, including Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium and the Imperial War Museum.

The UK’s biggest 10k features and impressive elite field, including running legend Sir Mo Farah and will be shown live on the BBC.

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