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Race Listing for Greater Manchester

Date Event Location Results
02 Mar 2024 Saddleworth Ten Res'sSaddleworth Cricket Bowling & Tennis Club, Greenfield
03 Mar 2024 Trafford 10KPartington Sports Village, ManchesterResults
03 Mar 2024 Trotters 5 Mile Trail RaceSmithills Sports Centre, BoltonResults
23 Mar 2024 Northern Relay Championships Inc. Young Athletes 5KWythenshawe Park, Wythenshawe
23 Mar 2024 Ultra Loop Heaton ParkHeaton Park, Manchester
29 Mar 2024 Manchester to Liverpool UltraMedia City, Salford Quays
29 Mar 2024 Salford 10K Road RaceSalford Sports Village, Salford
30 Mar 2024 Rivington Pike Fell RaceThe Crown, Horwich
07 Apr 2024 Run Heaton 5K, 10K & Half Marathon AprilHeaton Park, Manchester
14 Apr 2024 Adidas Manchester MarathonEmirates Old Trafford, Manchester
21 Apr 2024 Rivington 10 Mile Trail ChallengeRivington Bowling Green, Bolton
25 Apr 2024 Run Media City 5K & 10K AprilMedia City, Salford
04 May 2024 It's A Piece Of Cake 10KBoggart Hole Clough, Blackley
05 May 2024 Junior & Mini Great Manchester RunEtihad Campus, Manchester
05 May 2024 Worsley Woods Ladies Trail RaceBeesley Green Community Centre, Worsley
08 May 2024 Race for Life WiganHaigh Woodland Park, Wigan
08 May 2024 Mad Hatters Trail RaceReddish Vale Country Park, Stockport
11 May 2024 Cake RaceKiln Green Church, Diggle, Saddleworth
12 May 2024 Wigan Trail 10KSpringview Sports & Community Club, Wigan
12 May 2024 Race for Life StockportWoodbank Memorial Park, Stockport
22 May 2024 Blackstone Edge Fell RaceKnowl Farm, Lydgate Hamlet, Littleborough
25 May 2024 Color Obstacle Rush ManchesterAlexandra Park, Manchester
26 May 2024 Great Manchester Run 10K & Half MarathonPortland Street, Manchester
30 May 2024 Run Media City 5K & 10K MayMedia City, Salford
01 Jun 2024 Ultra Loop Track EditionWythenshawe Athletics Track, Manchester
05 Jun 2024 Bramhall Runners Foodbank 5.5K Race 1Happy Valley, Bramhall, Stockport
07 Jun 2024 Norden 6 Mile Road RaceNorden Bowling Club, Rochdale
08 Jun 2024 Naden Valley 6Norden Bowling Club, Rochdale
09 Jun 2024 Knowl Hill Fell RaceNorden Bowling Club, Rochdale
12 Jun 2024 Haigh Hall 4Haigh Hall, Wigan
13 Jun 2024 Two Lads Hill RaceThe Ale House, Horwich
14 Jun 2024 Hell On The Fell RaceCopley Leisure Centre, Stalybridge
16 Jun 2024 Dr Ron Hyde 7 Mile Road RaceMarket Street, Hyde
16 Jun 2024 Marple Runners Carnival 10KBrabyns Park, Marple Bridge
20 Jun 2024 Sale Sizzlers 5K Race 1Wythenshawe Park, Manchester
26 Jun 2024 Eddie's Revenge Fell RaceSt Saviours Church, Oldham
27 Jun 2024 Run Media City 5K & 10K JuneMedia City, Salford
02 Jul 2024 Rochdale 10KSpringfield Park, Rochdale
03 Jul 2024 Bramhall Runners Foodbank 5.5K Race 2Happy Valley, Bramhall, Stockport
05 Jul 2024 Sale Sizzlers 5K Race 2Wythenshawe Park, Manchester
06 Jul 2024 Pretty Muddy ManchesterHeaton Park, Manchester
07 Jul 2024 Race for Life ManchesterHeaton Park, Manchester
19 Jul 2024 Sale Sizzlers 5K Race 3Wythenshawe Park, Manchester
28 Jul 2024 Race for Life LeighPennington Flash, Leigh
01 Aug 2024 Sale Sizzlers 5K Race 4Wythenshawe Park, Manchester
07 Aug 2024 Bramhall Runners Foodbank 5.5K Race 3Happy Valley, Bramhall, Stockport
18 Aug 2024 Piethorne 10KBulls Head, Rochdale
01 Sep 2024 Altrincham 10KTown Centre, Altrincham
15 Sep 2024 Run Heaton 5K, 10K & Half Marathon SeptemberHeaton Park, Manchester
28 Sep 2024 Five Trig PointsWhite Lion Pub, Delph
29 Sep 2024 Worsley Woods 5 Mile Trail RaceBeesley Green Community Centre, Worsley
06 Oct 2024 Gin Pit 5Miners Welfare Club, Gin Pit Village, Tyldesley
13 Oct 2024 Manchester Half MarathonEmirates Old Trafford, Manchester

About the area

Trotters Runners

The reintroduction of the marathon in 2012 is a sure indicator of a flourishing running scene. The city was already home to Europe's biggest 10K - 40,000 runners pounding the springtime streets in a massive televised extravaganza; and with 15 local Saturday events, the area is the unofficial parkrun capital of the UK.

Other great local events like the We Love Manchester 10K, the City of Salford 10K, the English Half Marathon (Warrington) and the Wilmslow Half Marathon mean a full and varied calendar so good opportunities to build on those regular parkruns and take your running to the next level.

Progress at beginner level is highlighted by our group profile of Chester Roadrunners. Leader Louisa Dallas sketches the group's progress from a standing start to a 40 strong group. Our club focus is on Burnden Roadrunners and the colourful story of the Bolton based set-up that has come a long way in its 30 year history.

We round-up our whistle-stop tour of the area at the Manchester Regional Arena. The arena is the home of several running clubs, the arena boasts an eight lane 400m track with capacity for over 6,500 spectators.

Check out some of what Greater Manchester has to offer to runners below.

Running clubs in Greater Manchester

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Spotlight On Burnden Roadrunners

Burnden Roadrunners

Burnden Roadrunners’ history can be traced back more than 30 years and involves a wonderful tale of feathered tales, klaxons and a challenge laid down to their local football club, Bolton Wanderers…

A Little Club History? In 1983, Vince Regan, a former international runner approached John McGovern (manager of Bolton Wanderers) to run in Bolton’s Adidas British Marathon. John rose to the challenge and invited others to join him under the name of the Wanderers Lifeline Team. Following the event, they continued to run and raise money for local charities, thus the Lifeline Running Group began. In 1985, the group became a fully-fledged athletics club whose name was a nod to the then home of Bolton Wanderers, Burnden Park.

Why Roadrunners? This part of the name is inspired by one of its early members renowned for his participation in events dressed as the original roadrunner with a feathered tail flowing and klaxon blaring.

Claim To Fame? In 1988, 16 runners completed the ‘Pebble Relay’, a non-stop relay run from John O’Groats to Lands End, when they chopped 16 hours off their scheduled five day slog. The pebble collected from John O’Groats beach at 6am on 5 June was hurled into the sea at Lands End, four days, eight hours and 30 minutes later. Although many clubs had completed this feat, especially during the 1960s, it is believed that Burnden were the first club from the area to attempt it.

How Many Members? We have 124 members, with a dramatic increase in membership over the last four years. We have a Facebook page, website and regularly appear in the athletics section of the local paper. Our VET membership is particularly strong, but we also have athletes under 40, or ‘infants’ as we call them!

We Train… On Mondays we meet at Smithills Sports Centre, Bolton. There are usually about three different sessions on offer, varying from new starters/beginners/lighter effort to faster pace. In summer, we offer off-road options on the trails/moors above Bolton. On Wednesday evenings, a more informal grouping meets at Rivington and Blackrod School and on Thursdays at Smithills, an indoor circuit training session runs 7.30-8.30pm.

We Compete... Members compete in road, fell and cross country leagues. Central Lancs Grand Prix, National Relay Championships, British and UK Fell championship and South East Lancs/Red Rose Cross Country respectively; and regularly win championship, team and VET categories.

Favourite Training Run? Has to be the Mast or its kid brother, the Half Mast. The Mast is a seven mile loop that takes us up onto the moors above Bolton, the Winter Hill TV mast and sometimes Two Lads, before returning to base via Barrow Bridge and Moss Bank Park.

Social Side? We don’t forget to have fun and have a dedicated social secretary in Julie Newton, who has arranged all kinds of events from Halloween and Christmas events through to the more unusual, such as scavenger hunts and bowling nights.

Club Stalwarts? Paul Christie, Neil Nuttall, Simon Marland all have 20 plus years association with the club in many different capacities as club officers and runners.

Our Club Run... Is the Trotters 5, which is part of the Central Lancs Grand Prix and is organised for 2 March this year.  It is growing in popularity and now attracts 350 runners. In the past we used Horrock’s Fold Trails for our ‘Smithills Serpent’ race, which local runners jokily referred to as the only flat run they had ever done that was located on the side of a hill!

Local parkrun?  Bolton parkrun is the club’s local event and we always aim to have a strong turnout. Our current chairman Robert Short has won the males points competition for the past two years.

For more information, visit their website.

Interview featured in Northern Running Guide Spring 2014

Running groups in Greater Manchester

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Focus On Chester Roadrunners

Chester Road Runners

WELL KNOWN for its iconic racecourse, Chester is now gaining a reputation for a thriving running scene.  Here, we take a look at how one of its new groups, Chester Road Runners, reflects the growing popularity of the sport ...

CHESTER IS IN the enviable position of hosting one of the country’s most popular marathons - the race was voted the UK’s number one two years ago.  The critical acclaim of the event highlights how attractive the city is as a racing venue.  That and an eager core keen to get involved means that Chester is a city on the move.       
   One of the most recent additions to the scene, Chester Road Runners, have proven to be a hit with locals.  Established just over one year ago, the group already boasts over 40 registered members, with attendance consistently high.  Run England affiliated, Chester Road Runners is primarily aimed at encouraging newcomers and supporting beginners in a welcoming environment.  This ethos is promoted and instilled by group leader and UKA Level 2 coach, Louisa Hallas.
   Louisa explains why she set up Chester Road Runners: “I guess I just wanted to give people who were starting out in running some support and a reason to keep going.  Using the theories that I researched at university, together with my coaching badges I tried to create an environment that people new to running would find supportive and want to come back to week after week.”
   Louisa added: “We are a Run England group and as such we aim to encourage people to enjoy running as a sociable habit.  There are opportunities to join in on group races, parkrun, charity events and the odd social night.
   “Joanne Hutcheon (group leader) and I offer an ‘e-coach’ service via social media/email with posts and tweets designed to answer those burning questions about running.  Along with the usual motivation and banter from the rest of the family at Chester Road Runners, there are plenty of reasons to keep you going in between training.”
   A regular training week for Louisa and the members usually involves a speed, hill or interval session on a Sunday morning (how cruel!).  A social run around the city on a Wednesday evening, where walking and jogging for newer members is actively encouraged.  Sessions are conducted at Westminster Park, through the city centre or along the river, weather and light permitting.
   This pattern has proven to be successful, with members quickly acclimatising to the rigours of regular running and the interval sessions.  And the results are encouraging - two members successfully finished the Helsby Half Marathon in January, one of whom, Drew Skinner, started in 2013 as a complete beginner.
   Most members have now identified local events such as the Chester Santa Dash, Chester Half and even the full 26.2 of Chester Marathon as targets for 2014.  In addition, a few runners have acquired bikes since the club has started and have entered triathlons.
   On the group’s training, Louisa comments: “We aim to show that starting out in running can be enjoyable when done as part of a group.  Our sessions are relaxed, informative and structured to cater for all abilities to provide a running experience that will help educate you to the ‘secrets’ of running, as well as providing a healthy workout.”
   Just as the sessions provide a framework for improvement, Louisa also places a strong emphasis on the social side of the group: “We’re a very friendly bunch and always welcome new people with open arms.  All of us value support over competition and I think this has served us well, both in terms of expanding membership and making it an enjoyable group to be a part of.”
   Chester Road Runners meets every Sunday 10.30am-11.30am and Wednesdays at 6.30pm-7.30pm. 

More information on the group is available on the Run England website or Facebook page.

Services for runners in Greater Manchester

Sports Massage

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Physiotherapy

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Podiatry

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Personal Training

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Nutrition Advice

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