UoM Sport

Purple Wave 2019

Last year around 2,300 University of Manchester staff, students and alumni entered our Purple Wave. Help us to get over 3,000 in 2019!

The Manchester Universities 2K & 5K Run

Never run before? Does 10K seem too daunting? This year The University of Manchester are also running a 2K & 5K Run in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and The Great Run on Wednesday 27th February in Platt Fields Park (Back up date 6th March). Why not start small and join us on your lunch break to run, walk or jog and still be part of the #purplewave.

Times and Prices:

  • 12.20pm - 5K (£3)
  • 1.30pm - 2K (£2)
  • 2.15pm - 5K (£3)

Cost includes a free purple running t-shirt (value of £19.99) to be worn on event day.

Want to challenge yourself and also run the 10K? These prices will be discounted off your 10K price, getting two events for the price of one! We will also be providing training plans and running programmes to assist with your progress leading up to the 10K.


Register here

If you need more information about any aspect of the event please email us at purplewave@manchester.ac.uk.

The Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run

The Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run is the largest 10K in the UK consisting of around 25,000 participants each year. For the past 3 years, the University has hosted its very own purple wave. In 2019 we hope to create the biggest mass entry yet, so come and run, walk or jog with us and be part of the 3,000 strong #purplewave

The event is taking place on Sunday, 19th May and would like to offer as many students, staff and alumni as possible the opportunity to join us and support the city on this important day. We have discounted places for all our participants in the 10K and the half marathon. To encourage people to raise money for the University's charitable causes, we are also offering free Purple Wave registration for people who would like to fundraise for scholarships or research at The University of Manchester by running the 10K or Half Marathon for sponsorship.

Discounted prices:

  • 10K Student - £20 (Non-discounted price £38)
  • 10K Staff - £30 (Non-discounted price £38)
  • 10K Alumni - £35 (Non-discounted price £38)
  • Half Marathon - £40.50 (Non-discounted price £45)

Our cost includes a free purple running t-shirt (value of £19.99) to be worn on event day. Discounted places are limited, so once these are sold out we will revert to the standard entry price – be sure to get your discounted entry early to avoid disappointment.

Registration IS NOW OPEN!

Register here

If you need more information about any aspect of the event please email us at purplewave@manchester.ac.uk.

New in 2019: Help us run to Singapore!

In 2019, through the purple wave, we are linking with overseas Universities and highlighting the remarkable work that UoM undertakes abroad. Every person that signs up to participate in the 2K, 5K, 10K or Half Marathon, their distance will contribute to our 30,000km route across the world to our partner University in Singapore. Our online tracker will be constantly updated, running through a number of countries on our journey to Singapore, where you will be able to access information about our overseas work when the distance increases.

See our distance ticker in the right hand column! Keep an eye out for our visual maps and overseas content coming soon!

Logging your training on Strava

You will be able to track your training for any of the purple wave events. We invite you to join one of our two Strava groups to keep a record of your running activity. As other products offer, you can use Strava for monitoring your training and sharing routes with other runners in the group. The purple wave team will use total distance run from the two groups each week to add to the total kilometres in the race to Singapore. Sign up to Strava here (https://www.strava.com/) and look for our two groups found under clubs:

  1. For established runners – University of Manchester Purple Wave 2019
  2. For beginners – University of Manchester Beginners Purple Wave 2019

If you wish to find out more about how your information is processed in Strava, please click here



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 this project we require a number of people to help us both before the event and on the day 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.

Cheer Point

If you are not running but want to support, we have our very own University of Manchester cheer point out on the course to help get our purple runners to the finish line. The cheer point is located on Chester Road, where runners will pass their supporters twice. We will be making this area bigger and better than ever this year and more on this will appear here soon.

Our progress to Singapore

See our online tracker's progress on our journey to Singapore! We will be hitting places such as Amsterdam, Uganda, Tanzania and Beijing. We are now 9402.9km through our journey!


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

Purple Door opposite the Students' Union

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