We’re delighted to confirm that spectators will be able to get the estimated current locations, of all our participants on Sunday the 14th of April. We have also highlighted a number of other ways you can keep tabs on your loved one while they take on their 26.2 mile challenge. Even if you can’t physically be with your loved one during their marathon journey, you can still be with them every step of the way with live location tracking.

Predictive Tracking: How does this work?

Our timing points on the course will be placed at five locations (start, 10k, halfway, 30k and finish), and as a runner crosses this point their time will be instantly updated on the tracker. Between these points, the tracker will show a predicted location for each runner, based on their speed so far.

This should offer an excellent rough guide for when to look out for a friend or loved one on the course, or follow their progress at home.

After previous success, we are offering participants’ friends and family members a nifty service that will send them a text message when they are nearing the finish section. This will give them notice that you are approaching the finale of your challenge, and to keep an eye on the finish line live stream so they can witness your epic achievement. Find out more here. (Deadline 11/04/2024, 00:01)

Click the button below to access the predictive tracking website on the event day:




Most smartphones now have the ability to share their location with select people. There are a few ways to use this to track your participant.

1. ‘Find My’ app on Apple devices

On Apple phones there is a ‘Find My’ app where you can link devices. Simply ask your participant open the Settings app, tap their name, then tap Find My. They then need to turn on Share My Location. Family Sharing is also an option only to share location with select participants. Click here to find out how to do this.

2. Share Location on WhatsApp

Your runner can also share their location via WhatsApp. They must first enable location permissions for WhatsApp in their phone’s Settings > Tap Apps> WhatsApp > Permissions > Location > Turn on WhatsApp.

They can select from ‘Allow only while using the app,’ ‘Ask every time,’ and ‘Don’t allow.’

Once enabled, the individual can open an individual or group chat and tap Location > Share live location. They can then choose the amount of time and once done, those in the group can see a map with live location on the chat.


3. Strava Beacon Feature

Strava also has a feature called Beacon which offers location tracking. You need to be connected to your athlete on Strava first. Your runner must start a new run on Strava and tap the Beacon icon in the lower right. They then pick up three safety contacts who will receive their location during the event. An orange dot will indicate when Beacon is active and give an accurate GPS location which supporters can see on their app.

We hope these options are helpful and allow you to experience the event more closely with your participant on the big day. Although we discourage spectators at the finish line due to crowds, a finish line live streaming is available to watch through the website and our Manchester Marathon YouTube channel.

Happy spectating!