COVID-19 – Everything you need to know

Our COVID-Guarantee

Your entry into the 2022 Therme Manchester Marathon is covered by our COVID-Guarantee, giving you peace of mind about entering. What this means is if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19, we will automatically guarantee you a spot in the next edition of the event, and if for any reason you aren’t able to make that date you will be able to get hold of us to request a refund*  

At the event

We want to assure you that in delivering this event we are fully compliant with current Government guidelines and law specific to Covid-19 safety. 

Throughout the planning of our events, our team works closely with all the necessary stakeholders and suppliers to ensure that our events are safe and well run (e.g the local Council authorities, Emergency Services, Medical Director, Health & Safety advisors etc). 

This is true at any time, for any event, in any year. 

However, the Covid-19 pandemic has of course provided additional challenges and thinking needed. Our priority at all times is, and continues to be, the health & safety of all of the participants, volunteers, crew, and event partners. 

We will continue to follow the advice and guidance given by the UK Government and throughout the planning for our events we will continue to take relevant advice from reliable sources. We will take all the appropriate steps between now and the event day to continue to help to ensure the health and safety of all those involved. 

Writing this as we launch the events, we do not know what, if any, restrictions will need to be in place when each event takes place. However, as a rule throughout all our planning we always prepare for the unexpected. 

As such we are considering various measures which could be put in place to help participants and the event team of crew, partners and volunteers to social distance as far as possible whilst at the event. 

These measures might include for example reducing start wave sizes, staggering start times to allow for increased space in the start process & on routes, removing or changing bag drop, implementing restrictions within finish areas to help to prevent large numbers of static persons gathering, and enhanced hygiene measures at any Water/Feed or Aid stations, or a reduction/removal of them. 

Other measures such as increased hand sanitation facilities, and additional guidelines for participants and spectators may also be in place. 

FAQ’s and More information

*Any refund due to the cancellation of the event caused by COVID-19 will be less a small £5 admin fee and 3rd party booking charges. If you are seeking a refund for any other reason our normal Terms and Conditions will apply: 

There are countless individual scenarios related to COVID-19 that may affect your ability to attend the event day (for example self-isolation, local lockdowns etc), this coupled with the reality of constantly updated guidance and advice means it is impossible for us to have a rule for every possible situation. The COVID-Guarantee is designed to be as fair as possible to everyone, while still allowing us to operate the event with some certainty. Thus, if because of individual circumstances (i.e. not a local lockdown) you are unable to take part of the event you will need to provide us with the relevant proof of this (e.g Tests results, proof of contact from track and trace etc).

Below are some of the answers (as best as we can currently give) to common questions you may have: 

Will I have to wear a mask whilst running?

No, you are not required to wear a mask at the event.  

I don’t feel comfortable travelling by public transport

We understand that using public transport may not be something everyone wants to do. If you are in this situation, we encourage you to take heed before you enter of your own circumstances and the logistics of travelling to and from our event. We encourage you to make alternative arrangements that you are comfortable with as far ahead of time as you can (For example; Car, Walking, Cycling etc) 

Can I have a refund if I test positive?

You can only defer your entry to 2023 if you are force to self-isolate, unfortunately no refunds are issued in this circumstance. 

Can I defer my entry to 2023 if I test positive?

Yes, you can defer your entry to 2023 if you test positive. Head to our contact us page and open the chat. Once the chat has started click Help With My Place, then scroll to Something Else and then click Speak With Us. Please list your registration details and provide proof of a positive test and this will send us an email. We will then get back to you with instruction of how to complete your deferral. 

What happens if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19?

We will liaise with the relevant local stakeholders and councils and will communicate the plans for the event and what options you have available to you in as timely a manner as possible. Our COVID-Guarantee ensures you a place in the next edition of the event, and in the case where you can’t make this you can request a refund (less a small £5 admin fee and 3rd party booking charges). 

Will my family and friends be able to come and watch me?

Yes, spectators are allowed at the event. For further information you can read our spectator guide.