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Sign up for this year's Purple Wave run events

03 Jan 2020

Last year we had nearly 3,000 University of Manchester staff, students and alumni entering our Purple Wave events

Purple Wave

There's lots of opportunities to get involved - with shorter distance events in March ahead of the main events in May.

The Great Manchester Run

The Great Manchester Run is the largest 10K in the UK consisting of around 25,000 participants each year. For the past 4 years, our University has hosted its very own Purple Wave. On Sunday, 24 May 2020, we will again be entering the country's biggest higher education team, so come and run, walk or jog with us and be part of the #purplewave

Discounted rates will be available for all students, staff and alumni who enter through us:

  • Student 10k - £20
  • Staff 10k - £30
  • Alumni 10k - £35
  • Half Marathon - £41.40

These are hugely discounted from the Great Run prices (£39 for 10k and £46 for Half-Marathon).

Additionally we encourage as many of our entrants as possible to raise money for our University’s charitable causes. So, we will again be offering free Purple Wave registration for people who would like to fundraise for selected causes, by running the 10K or half marathon.

Discounted places are limited, so once these are sold out we will revert to the standard entry price.

If you need more information about any aspect of the event please email us at

The Manchester Universities 2.5K & 5K Run

Last year, we had 790 purple runners and walkers in the first ever Universities 2.5k & 5k event which either provided a first opportunity to get running or a great platform towards the 10k in May.

Due to the success, we will be hosting another 2.5k & 5k Run on Wednesday, 11 March 2020.

The prices will be:

  • 2.5k - £2 entry
  • 5k - £3 entry

If you enter into the 2.5k or 5k event, as a thank you for signing up, we will give you a further discount to join the Purple Wave in the Great Manchester 10k. The link to enter using this discount will be in your confirmation email.

Please note that a backup date of 18 March 2020 has been pencilled in should the 11 March date be postponed due to poor weather conditions.

If you would like more information about any aspect of the event please email us at


The Great Manchester Run is for everyone, whether you are a complete beginner or the next Mo Farah, we have a number of running groups to support all levels of ability throughout your 10K or half marathon journey.


To support the scale of the Purple Wave project we require a number of people to help us both before the events and on the days itself. Previous years we have had 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.

UoM Wall of Sound

If you are not running but want to support, you can still be involved by coming down on the day and cheering our runners, walkers and joggers at our UoM Wall of Sound. Located on Bridgewater Way at the junction with Chester Road, our purple cheer-point is free and suitable for all ages. It is open from 8.30am-4.30pm and easily accessed from Cornbrook tram stop or you can walk 35 minutes from Renold Building heading for M16 9FG.

We have a great grassy picnic spot, our Fuse FM DJ's and a range of other exciting things planned, so come wearing purple and cheer on our participants!