UoM Sport

Purple Wave

Last year we had nearly 3,000 University of Manchester staff, students and alumni entering our Purple Wave events. Make sure you get involved in one of the opportunities this year!

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, the University has hosted its very own purple wave. On Sunday 24th 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. The prices are below:

  • 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 the University’s Re-write Cancer campaign. Working in partnership with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Cancer Research UK, the University’s ambition is to save more lives and create a top five-cancer research facility – right in the heart of Manchester. We will be offering free Purple Wave registration for people who would like to fundraise for Re-write Cancer by taking part in the 10k run or half marathon. There will also be an opportunity for every entrant to make a donation of whatever they can afford to Re-write Cancer when they register for their chosen Purple Wave event.

We're asking all of our lovely Purple Wave fundraisers to join the Purple Wave 2020 - Re-write Cancer campaign on JustGiving. You can do this by following this link and clicking on the orange 'Start Fundraising' button.

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

Sign up here now!!

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 18th March 2020.

The prices will be:

  • 2.5k - £2 entry
  • 5k - £3 entry

Sign up here now!!

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 the 25th March 2020 has been pencilled in should the 18th March date be postponed due to poor weather conditions.



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 usually 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!

Additional Information

The Purple Wave goes Green!

The UoM Sport team are committed to improving our environmental impact. Therefore we would like to encourage returning Purple Wave participants to re-use their purple t-shirt from previous years. If this is your first time taking part, you will receive a purple t-shirt to wear on the day and keep for future years. From this year onwards, we will ask any returning runners to re-use their previous years t-shirts.

Are you from outside the University and want to join our Purple Wave?

Although the discounted rate is only available to UoM students, staff and alumni, the free registration for people fundraising for The University of Manchester’s Re-write Cancer campaign is available to anyone. Additionally, if you have contacts that have entered the event with the Great Run and would like to join the purple wave please contact: purplewave@manchester.ac.uk with the title ‘Non-Uni Runner’ stating:

a. Full name
b. Email address
c. GMR Unique reference numbers
d. T-shirt Size –Please note T-shirts are Unisex and on the generous size and will cost £5.00

The absolute final deadline to transfer into the Purple Wave is by Friday 27th March 17:00.

Swaps and Refunds

Once your payment is accepted, your fee is not refundable unless supported by a doctor's note. See more info in our FAQs. You will also be able to sell your entry on to a University staff/student member. Please note this can only be done BEFORE redeeming your token. Once you have redeemed your token you will not be able to swap. If you swap your token, you must inform us and send details of the new runner to: purplewave@manchester.ac.uk.

If you need more information about any aspects of our events please email us at purplewave@manchester.ac.uk.

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The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

Purple Door opposite the Students' Union

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