All Thursdays in June 2019

6th, 13th, 20th, 27th




Basic info

Please note online registration will close the night before each race at 10 pm and reopen the following morning of each race.

Date: All Thursdays in June 2019 – 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Location: Alexandra Park, 180 Russell St, Manchester, M16 7JL
Limit: 350 participants! (Runners can compete from 11 years upwards).
Registration: 5:30 – 7:15pm (entries are available on the night). Please note that the registration closes 15 mins before the race.
Start time: 7:30pm – the start will be signposted
RaceHQ: Under the Pavilion shelter near the west entrance to the park (will be signposted).
Car Parking: The main car park is at the end of Russell Street, M16 7JL

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5k Series in South Manchester!

The City of Manchester 5k Series is a 5k race series held near Manchester centre at Alexandra Park throughout June. It’s basically a course designed for one thing and that’s allowing all runners, of all abilities to achieve a PB!! It’s a 3-lap course and (according to Garmin) has only 3 feet rise per lap, it has great wide path surfaces (no trail sections) and long straights with only 4 real turns.

The races can be entered individually or you can enter all 4 races in the series (via the Series entry option). If you miss the series entry, then simply enter 3 from 4 of the races to qualify for the league. There are various prize options for both places and improvers in the league and superb individual and team prizes each race.

The event is completely traffic free, measured course and UKA insured!

Each lap will be timed using our live chip timing system that allows you to see your split, average and Gun and Chip time for the race.


All pre-entry prices include Free PayPal booking fee. However, an additional fee will occur for payments that do not use this method!

Each race

£8.00 – UKA affiliated*
£10.00 – UKA non-affiliated

On the day entry**
£10.00 – UKA affiliated*
£12.00 – UKA non-affiliated

Optional extras
Medal – £3.00 (photo below)

Series entry


£28.00 – UKA affiliated*
(only £7.00 per race)
£32.00 – UKA non-affiliated
(only £8.00 per race)

On the day entry**
£32.00 – UKA affiliated*
£36.00 – UKA non-affiliated

* You must know you UKA number in order to get you an affiliate discount. ARC clubs are classified as unattached in UKA certified races.
** Entry on the night may be available should all places not be reached.

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Mountain Fuel packs on sale at the event and at the entry!

Big pack – £16.00

(contains 7 various sachets, 3 Jellies/ gels)

Small pack – £10.00

(contains 3 various sachets, 3 Jellies/gels)

Free professional race photos


Add this race to your club Grand Prix / Calendar and we will give each club member a 10% discount (applied by simply using the clubs name on entry), contact us on jacek[at] to setup.

Elite FREE entries!

Please send us an e-mail to jacek[at] if you’re a male (who has run 15 minutes or under) or female (who has run 17 minutes or under) in 2017 and would like a free place. Please show a link to evidence of your time and you will be given a free entry code to enter the race.  Many thanks.


League Prizes

The races are run over 4 weeks and this means that league positions will be awarded. Minimum 3 races to qualify!

  • We will also award prizes for top 3 Course PB Improvers – basically, those who show the most percentage improvement over 3/4 races.
  • The top 3 men and women from the Performance League will win a voucher.

Please see the following example of how this works – Todmorden Park 5k Series

Each race

  • High-value prizes for first 3 Men and Women.
  • Normal Age Category Prizes for Men and Women.
  • Team prizes for first 3 male/females from one Club.

Time Prizes

As an extra incentive this year there will be a £100 voucher to the first male runner to run under 15:00 mins and the first female runner to get under 17:30 minutes.

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Race Records

William Strangeway 15:10
(2018, Lincoln Wellington Athletic Club)

Katherine Cousins 19:12
(2018, Lancaster & Morecambe AC) 

Historical Results

Historical results from the first to the last race, View here

Other Results


5k Ariel View

The route starts on the long wide slightly downhill section of the course near Saint Bedes College. It takes on the first small sweeping bend and passes the boating lake heading straight into a nice wooded section.  Passing through a lovely open section of the Park till the top of the park near the famous Chorlton Lodge. It then runs on the parallel path to “The Terrace “, the Victorian Gardens placed at the top end of the park.  One more turn gets you back to the start, repeat this 2 more times to finish.

Each lap will be timed using our live chip timing system that allows you to see your split, average and Gun and Net time for the race.

Course Certificate

Elevation chart


Google Maps (plan your journey)

Getting there by public transport

Get the 85 bus to the North West entrance to Alexandra Park.


Getting there by road

From the south – A5103 Princess Parkway to Princess Road then turn left to Claremont Road.
From the north – M602 to Regent Road keep left to the roundabout and take the third exit to A5067. Chorlton Road straight to Withington Road and then take left to Yarburgh Street to the North West entrance to Alexandra Park.



There are lots of on-street parking nearby and the public transport links are superb.


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