Boasting a new city centre route for 2020, the Manchester Marathon, now one of the five largest marathons in Europe, is returning to the streets of Manchester on Sunday 5th April 2020.

Having secured its place as the second largest marathon in the UK, the 2019 event was the most successful yet, with a whopping 20,000 runners completing the flat and fast course to cross the finish line outside Emirates Old Trafford. The event welcomes some of the world’s fastest runners, alongside those of all ages and abilities, including an increasing number of beginners.

Many people run as a means to raise funds for charity, with £1.2 million raised in 2019 for a variety of causes, including official charity partners Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, and The Christie.

A batch of 5,000 early entries into the 2020 Manchester Marathon are available from Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 10am, on a first come, first serve basis. The event has grown 90 percent since 2018, thus competition for places is stiff and showing no signs of slowing, with 8,000 people already entered.

Nick Rusling, CEO of the Manchester Marathon, said “The flat and fast route is a large part of what draws runners to the Manchester Marathon. The new city section of the route and the introduction of four fan zones for 2020 is already helping to make this the biggest and best Manchester Marathon yet.”

For those after an easier option than the full 26.2 miles, a relay entry is available enabling runners to split the distance between a team of two or four. All team members will receive a medal at the finish line and get a taste of the famous Mancunian support.

To secure one of the 5,000 early entries into the 2020 Manchester Marathon head to the official website from Wednesday 4th September at 10am.