The Tommy’s Manchester Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile challenge that takes place every October, starting and finishing by Old Trafford, and is easily the biggest in the region with over 15,000 runners. It’s an event that aims to truly represent all the wonderful people of Manchester, and celebrate our achievements.

Since its launch in 2016 it has received rave reviews from participants, thanks to its professional delivery, flat route and amazing support from crowds around the course.

The 2021 event takes place on Sunday 10th October. You up for the  challenge?  Why not join our charity team taking part in the Manchester Half Marathon?

Why run for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity?

Taking part in the 2021 Manchester Half Marathon will help us raise vital funds so that all soldiers, veterans and their families can have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity.

The overall scale, breath and range of the charity’s support is vast. We help serving families cope with a sudden bereavement or traumatic loss; provide wide-ranging support to wounded soldiers, many of whom will need increasing financial assistance for decades to come; provide help with housing, education and training for employment for soldiers and veterans of all ages; we are there for older veterans and their widows or widowers when they find themselves lonely or isolated.

In the past year, we have helped 70,000 people in 68 countries across the globe and funded numerous charities and organisations to support the Army family at large.

If you are interested in a charity place get in touch. Places are available for a £30 Registration fee and a Fundraising Target of a minimum of £150.

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What to do next?

  1. Register your intention and pledge to raise £150.  You can do so here
  2. Once you have our registered you can then create your own fundraising page
  3. Once charity registration is completed and you have started fundraising, you will receive an email link inviting you to register on our Manchester Half Marathon race page.

Got a place already?

If you are an own place runner, we would love you to be a part of our team. There’s no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship amount required, and we’ll be there to support your entire half marathon journey. Contact the team or call 01722 269356.

Interested in entering as part of a corporate or work team?

Do you know four people or more interested in entering a team from your company? If so, contact the team or call 01722 269356.

Online fundraising

We will also send you your fundraising pack in the post which is full of top tips, sponsorship forms and more. Why not join our Facebook group which will have regular updates and training tips. We are here to support you every step of the way. Check out our Facebook page to meet and connect with your runners.

Fundraising support

We have got lots of resources to get you started, including extra sponsorship forms and information on Gift Aid. We can also post you resources such as sponsorship forms, collection tins, posters and balloons for your fundraising events. If you need anything simply contact the team or call 01722 269356 .

We will support you through your training and be there on the day to cheer you along and to meet you at the finish in our Marquee as part of the Competitor Village.

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Terms & Conditions

You must be 18 or over on the day of the event in order to run.  Once we offer you a running place you will be asked to complete the following: create an online fundraising page and complete registration to confirm your participation.

If you wish to run in the Manchester Half Marathon 2021 and raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, please know the minimum sponsorship for this marathon is £150 (excluding Gift Aid).

Your Privacy Matters

Of course, we will need to communicate with you about this event, after that it is up to you. The application form allows you to choose how (or if) we communicate with you in the future. We value your privacy; our full privacy statement can be found here.