Reflecting on the Great Manchester Run

With a fantastic weekend of sport behind me for another year I thought it would be nice to share my highlights from the City Games and Great Manchester Run.

Great City Games

Just a few of my favourite pics. It’s amazing to be so close to the action. This is my kind of celeb spotting.

Bramble, Long Jump
Long Jump
Greg Rutherford, Great City Games
Long Jump
Women's 100m Hurdles, Great City Games
Team GB outside John Rylands
Greg Rutherford after winning Great City Games
Jessica Ennis - Hill


Great Manchester Run

The atmosphere was, as always, electric. Team Crayola coloured the city in style, spurred on by crowds of fantastic supporters, who clearly enjoyed spotting the different crayons as we ran past.

Manchester did itself proud, showing off the city at its best. The Swiss contingent are all making plans to come back, and also want to enter more runs throughout the year, proving that the race is a great motivator.

Great Manchester Run Warm Up
Great Manchester Run Warm Up
Team Crayola
Team Crayola at 1km

Unfortunately All Bar One refusing to let us in after the race, because our running gear didn’t comply with their smart casual dress code, gave a sour taste to our post run euphoria. With potential for 40,000 runners + their families lost (according to our taxi driver, 100,000 people were estimated to be in the city), it’s no surprise there were lots of empty tables.

Grumpy outside All Bar One Manchester

Other bars and restaurants were much more accommodating with many offering discounts to runners. Thankfully The Slug and Lettuce in Albert Square were able to squeeze in 9 crayons and their support crew amongst the other revelling runners and it wasn’t long before we were tucking in to gigantic burgers, beers and the obligatory prosecco.

Slug and Lettuce Burger
Post Run Prosecco

So, my race time was 56:47. Not my fastest but I’ve hardly been on top of my training lately, and I was dressed as a crayon, so I’m happy to have beaten the hour mark.

Great Manchester Run Medal 2015

Looking forward to doing it all again next year!


Inspired to take part? Flick over to my post ‘Why I run the Manchester 10k‘ to see why I join this event each year. Then sign up to the Great Run reminder service for information about 2016 entries. 

2 Comments On This Topic
  1. Rebecca Sharp
    6 years ago

    Aww well done that’s a great time, and you all looked awesome! It was my first time running this year and I hope to participate next year too, it is SUCH a good atmosphere!

    • Becci Johnson
      6 years ago

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it Rebecca. It really is one of the best days in Manchester. Hope you got a time you were happy with. Keep on running!

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