UoM Sport

Great Manchester Run 2018

Last year over 2,400 University of Manchester staff, students and alumni entered the Great Manchester 10K Run. Help us to get over 3,000 in 2018!

2018 Offer

The Great Manchester Run is the largest 10K in the UK consisting of around 25,000 participants each year. For the past 2 years, the University has hosted its very own Purple Wave. In 2018 we hope to create the biggest mass entry yet, so come and run with us and be part of the 3,000 strong #PurpleWave

The run is taking place on Sunday, 20th May and would like to offer as many students, staff and alumni as possible the opportunity to run and support the city on this important day. We have discounted places for all our runners as well as free spaces to those who raise money to support young people from Greater Manchester through Undergraduate Access Scholarships at the University – see below for further details.


New in 2018

  • Discounted places: students £20 | staff £30 | alumni £35
  • Free purple running top (valued at £19.99) so you can help us create the PurpleWave
  • Discounted price for half-marathon place - £38.70

Student FREE Entry

Current students can reclaim the cost of their entry if they raise just £50 in support of Undergraduate Access Scholarships on their Just Giving page. To do this you must sign up through the registration link and pay for your entry, and when you have raised at least £50, notify supporters@manchester.ac.uk

Staff & Alumni FREE Entry

We are inviting all current staff members and University of Manchester graduates to run in the Purple Wave free of charge if you are able to raise sponsorship of £100. The funds raised will be used to support young people in Greater Manchester access a world-class University education regardless of their financial and social background.

If you need more information about any aspect of the event please refer to our FAQs or email.

Charity Fundraising

As part of the project, we aim to raise over £100,000 for charitable causes. This year’s partner charity is The University of Manchester’s Undergraduate Access Scholarships, and you can run for free when you fundraise for this cause. You can also choose a cause close to your own heart but we ask that you all link your efforts to the 10K team fundraising page so we can capture the total impact of your fantastic work!

Get Involved


To support the scale of this project we require a number of people to help us both before the event and on the day itself. We have a number of different roles in communications, marketing, run leaders and event day logistics that require support, so if you want to get involved check out our Sports Volunteering Scheme, which has loads of other fantastic benefits.


If you are not running but want to support, we have our very own University of Manchester cheerpoint out on the course to help get our purple runners to the finish line. The cheer point is located on Chester Road, where runners will pass their supporters twice. We will be making this area bigger and better than ever this year and more on this will appear here soon.

Contact us

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The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

Purple Door opposite the Students' Union

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