The adrenaline rushes through your veins as you stand on the start line surrounded by thousands of people, a buzzing atmosphere, Manchester anthems blasting from the speakers along Portland Street… this is your chance to be your greatest.

Now in its 16th year, the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run attracts thousands of runners, joggers and walkers from around the world, itching to experience the incredible atmosphere and feeling you get when you’re pounding the pavements of this vibrant city.

It returns on Sunday 20th May 2018 with a half marathon, 10k, Junior and Mini offering, and here are just six reasons why you should be a part of it:

Experience Mancunian Way like never before
For one day only this infamous motorway will be gridlocked with runners instead of cars, as the half marathon route takes in a large section of Mancunian Way. Selfie time!

Share your run with the best of the best
Not only will Sir Mo Farah be leading the elite field, but there are thousands of other people running for causes close to their heart, raising millions for charities across the world. Albert Square will be transformed into a charity village so you can meet up with your fellow fundraisers once you cross the finish line.

Pass the cobbles
Coronation Street stars old and new are regulars at the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, and the 10k course also passes the famous cobbles of Corrie’s new set.

It’s not just for adults
The Simplyhealth Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run takes place on the same day as the adult events, so young runners and budding athletes can experience the buzz, and even share the same start line as their mums and dads. Perfect training for the future!

It’s not just a run
Both the 10k and half marathon feature entertainment from start to finish, with bands-on-the-run playing everything from Oasis to Rihanna. Be prepared for them to give you a shout-out as you run past, and they might even run alongside you, if they can keep up!

Get technical
Cross the finish line and you'll be rewarded with a cheer, a technical t-shirt and a medal. Perfect clobber for your return to work the next day.

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