If you’re anything like me, you’ll need a pretty good reason to get up at 5 am for a scheduled 5K. I won’t just do it off my own back. I like my bed way too much. I’ve got to have a goal or a reason for getting up and out for that run. That’s vital.
As a kickstart for some inspiration, I’ve found five Manchester-based races that you can sign up and train for right now. All five races take place between June and October 2022. From a muddy charity run to a hefty half marathon, hopefully these running races serve as divine inspiration.
Remember, it’s never too late to start running. It’s also never too early to start training either. I know I need all the time I can get right now.
Chase the Sun Heaton Park – 5k, 10k
RunThrough Events presents Run Heaton Park. This long-standing 5K and 10K race sees participants looping around the paths of Heaton Park. Expect some hills, a high energy atmosphere, and some delicious post-race refreshments.
Chase the Sun Heaton Park is scheduled to take place on June 22 and August 10. Click here for more information.
RunThrough Run Media City UK – 5k, 10k
RunThrough Events present Run Media City, a monthly flat route tour which stands at 5K or a 10K loop. Weave along the canal path, run by ITV and The Imperial War Museum, and bag yourself a nice little finishers medal at the end.
RunThrough Run Media City UK is scheduled to take place on June 30, July 28, August 25, and September 29 Click here for more information.
Race for Life Manchester: Pretty Muddy 5K
If you’re not ready for Tough Mudder, why not sign up for the Race for Life Pretty Muddy instead? A 5K obstacle course featuring inflatable climbs and mud pits to crawl through, Race for Life Pretty Muddy is the perfect way to have a hoot with your friends while raising donations for a charitable cause.
The Manchester leg of the Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5K takes place at Heaton Park on July 16. Click here for more information
Manchester Pizza Run – 5km, 10km
Won’t run for much but will run for pizza. The Manchester Pizza Run is back in business this September and is offering three different races – 5K distance, 10K distance and a family-friendly fun run totalling 2K.
Included in your entry are two slices of pizza post-race, a race village disco warm up, and a creative finishers medal to make you proud as punch. Rumour has it there are also prizes for the best-dressed costume. Time to get your glad rags on.
The Manchester Pizza Run event takes place on September 11 at Heaton Park. For more information see here.
Manchester Half Marathon – 21K
The big one – the Manchester Half Marathon is back in its regular October slot and entries are already open. At 21K, the Manchester Half Marathon is not for the fainthearted. Details of 2022’s course have yet to be revealed however you can expect a relatively flat playing field, DJs pumping the motivation at every corner and an atmosphere like no other.
The Manchester Half Marathon takes place on October 9. For more information see here.