Accommodation close to 10K and Half Marathon Running Event


The Great Manchester Run has to be one of the world’s most well known and much loved running events. This iconic run also raises millions of pounds for charities across the UK. 

The Great Manchester Run 2018 takes place this year on Sunday 20 May, within central Manchester. The start position is that of Portland Street, which is close to Oxford Street. The half marathon, that is 13.1 mile circuit of the city, then weaves itself around this bustling city until the finish line, situated along Deansgate.

If you are heading to the Manchester Great Run, as a runner or spectacular, then we do hope that you enjoy your stay in this wonderful city. It is a friendly city that is steeped in rich history and one that boasts great architecture and wonderful things to do!

When: Sunday 20 May 2018

Start Location 10K/Half Marathon: Portland Street (city centre)

starFind Accommodation

Finish 10K/Half Marathon: Deansgate (longest road in the city centre)

starFind Accommodation

Since 2017, the race is sponsored by Simplyhealth, as the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run. It’s one of UK’s largest running events together with the Virgin London Marathon and the Great North Run in Newcastle and South Shields.

What you need to look out for when choosing your accommodation


When making reservations for accommodation in the city, and you are on a fight budget, your best options are to go for cheap hotels and bed and breakfasts. For your average budget hotel in the city, you can expect to budget around £57 per night, for a double room. A B&B will cost you slightly more, but you do get a breakfast, something which you will appreciate before the run and the day afterwards.

The good news is that there is no shortage of cheap hotels or bed and breakfast accommodation in central Manchester. If you wish to save even more money. then online booking will save you extra pennies. Just be sure to throughly check what the price includes, such as breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

It’s also a good idea to shop around and to read reviews if at all possible. These reviews give you always a good source of information, and can give you that much needed personal point of view. The main points to look out for are locality, cleanliness and what you get for your money. 

What is it like to run the Great Manchester Run?


If you are running in the Manchester Great Run then you will have so much to see whilst running, helping to make your mind off the task at hand. Of course the cheering crowds will also help to push you along the course. When running along the course you will be able to see Man United’s old football ground at Old Trafford, as well as the breathtaking Lowry and Imperial War Museum.

If you love watching your soap operas, then you will also be delighted to know that you’ll run past the Coronation Street set and along those famous cobbles! You’ll also know that the finish line is in sight when you see the towering skyscraper of Beetham Tower.

Spend a weekend in Manchester for this fantastic running event


If you are running in this fantastic event, or cheering oh a loved one, then it’s a great idea to make a long weekend of it! Manchester has so much to offer you, so why not arrive in Manchester on the Friday and then stay on until Monday.

No matter how long you stay, there really is so much to see and do. The great news is that although Manchester can seem like a large and overwhelming city, the city centre is in fact very accessible on foot and, will actually only take you around an hour to navigate all of its city streets. This will allow you to see all of the major attractions. The Town Hall is slap back in the city centre, so if you do manage to get yourself lost, at least you can always navigate back to this cereal point.

When in Manchester you simply must shop, and there are so many areas in the city to choose from. As well as the world famous Arndale Centre, you can also shop until you drop along King Street and Market Steet, which is where most of the high street shops are located. Towards the bottom of Market Street is the fantastic Northern Quarter, where you find all of the weird and wonderful items that everyone loves to buy when away from home. We promise you it’s well worth a visit! 

There are also many tourist attractions in the city for you to enjoy. Museums include those of the Museum of Science and Industry, known affectionately as MOSI, a must if you are visiting with children, as there is the ability to go for a short train ride. The Manchester Museum is also fantastic for the family to visit.

The great news is that both of these museums offer free entry. If the weather stays dry then it is also worth having a stroll around the Botanical Gardens with an impromptu picnic!

Location and some facts


Name : Great Manchester Run

When : Sunday 20 May 2018

Start Location : The start line is on Portland Street near the junction with Oxford Street.

Finish : Deansgate

Distance : Half Marathon & 10K

Price Half Marathon – £44 per entry, 10K – £38 per entry

Nearest Hotels and B&B’s : in the city centre of Manchester UK.

Additional Information : cancerresearchuk, weather information, transport