Elite Entries

Elite Entry

To qualify for Elite Entry into the Manchester Marathon 2020, you will need to have achieved:

Male: Under 2:30 (marathon) or 1:09 (half marathon) in the last two years

Female: Under 2:50 (marathon) or 1:19 (half marathon) in the last two years

For all Elite entry enquires please get in touch with us on Ali.Lavender@humanrace.co.uk

Please note the below information relates to the 2019 Manchester Marathon. Details for elite entries in 2020 will be announced in summer 2019


The Manchester Marathon would like to invite elite runners to take part free of charge. The course is a very flat course with only 54m of gain along the whole course giving you a fantastic opportunity to get a very fast time.We would like to hear from runners who have achieved the following times in 2017/18, evidence will be required to gain free entry:

2017/18 Half Marathon under 1:09:00 for men & 1:19:00 for women

2017/18 Marathon time under 2:30:00 for men & under 2:50:00 for women

Please email us here to enquire about gaining your elite entry place.

The course has been officially measured and we are hoping that it will produce some very fast times.


British Runners

To encourage more UK and Irish runners, we have made a top 5 prizes for UK and Ireland registered runners. All prize winners must show a valid UK passport to be eligible for a cash prize.

Prizes for elites will be awarded on gun time. All other prizes will be awarded on chip time.

The presentations for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will take place at approximately 1.00pm in the Race Village.

Prizes are as follows for both male and female (top 5 placed runners will not be awarded age group prizes as well):

1st Prize £2000 cash
2nd Prize £1000 cash
3rd Prize £750 cash
4th Prize £300 cash
5th Prize £200 cash

International Runners

We are also introducing at the Manchester Marathon for 2018 a top 3 International prize fund for both male and female category. The prizes are as followed:

1st Prize £500 cash
2nd Prize £250 cash
3rd Prize £100 cash

Wheelchair Athletes

1st Prize £500 cash
2nd Prize £250 cash
3rd Prize £100 cash


To encourage the best UK based runners to come to run at the Manchester Marathon in Trafford, we are offering time bonuses. With such a fast course, we would love to see these bonuses claimed. To be eligible, runners must hold a valid UK or Irish passport.

Men Women
sub 2:20 sub 2:38 500 for all who achieve
sub 2:15 sub 2:32 3000 only one bonus per gender
sub 2:10 sub 2:26 5000 only one bonus per gender


A team prize will be awarded to the top 3 male and female teams made up of the top 3 runners’ cumulative times from a UKA affiliated club. Runners must have stated their club affiliation on the entry form before the race (retrospective nominations will not be accepted) and the runners’ membership status will be checked with the club secretary before prizes are sent out.

Prizes will be awarded as follows for both male and female teams:
1st team – £600 per team
2nd team – £300 per team
3rd team – £150 per team

Please email us to enquire about gaining your elite entry place.


Results will be posted on www.ManchesterMarathon.co.uk within 24 hours of the end of the event.