Covid-19 restrictions mean it will be a long time before mass-participation events are back in full swing. We Love MCR Charity has come up with a solution for everyone who wants to get fit, have a bit of fun, and re-discover the landmarks of our fine city – the Landmarks of Manchester 10k.

Fall in love with our city all over again

This Landmarks of Manchester 10k route allows runners to complete a circular route taking you past some of the places where Manchester’s history was written. Runners and walkers can have fun, get fit and raise some money for us!

Watch our launch video below, deftly narrated by the fantastic Darren Parks of our friends at Smooth Radio North West.

Some of the 14 Landmarks the route takes you past include:

Canal Street in the vibrant gay village

China Town’s Chinese Arch, in one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the town centre

Manchester Art Gallery, approaching its 200th birthday

– Manchester’s iconic Central Library

– the site of Maine Road, the home of Manchester City for 80 years, the stadium holds the record for the highest attendance for a club in English club football

– The Hacienda site, ‘Madchester’ nightlife history

– Rusholme’s “Curry Mile” down the rich tapestry of Wilmslow Road 

The Pankhurst Centre, where the Pankhursts forged the campaign for Votes for Women

The Rutherford Building, where Ernest Rutherford first split the atom

Manchester Technology Centre, where Alan Turing helped to create the first programmable computer

The Vimto Statue, honouring the region’s purple nectar

To enter the Landmarks of Manchester 10k FOR FREE, go to

Once we have received your details, we will send you a Welcome Pack including an A3 colour map of the run, guidance on how to take part safely and top tips for raising sponsorship.

The Landmarks 10k isn’t an officially measured and registered 10k course, and people should only run or walk it either alone or with members of their own household, until restrictions on this change. Participants should always follow the current government guidelines on Covid-19 restrictions. The event is open from 29th March to 31st July 2021.

There will also be a competition – to crown the “Best Selfie or Video” submitted by a Landmarks runner. The Lord Mayor of Manchester will review the entries, and the two entries which best capture the spirit of the event will win:

  • £100 credit on the Manchester Confidential app – which equates to £200 worth of vouchers to use on a selection of Manchester restaurants
  • a £75 voucher for the for the legendary Rudy’s Pizzeria.

As our city reopens, you can enjoy some of the finest food available! So – get creative and come up with your best ideas, costumes and moves for your selfie entries!

A huge We Love MCR thanks to our friends at Smooth Radio North West, and The Manc for support and promotion of this fantastic Manchester event!







Big thanks also to Manchester Confidential and Mission Mars for their gifts of dining vouchers for this event. 


All runners taking on this challenge should note this advice and these disclaimers.

Running in an urban environment carries small but inherent risks, particularly relating to crossing roads.

All participants are agreeing to take part at their own risk by signing the entry form.

By signing this form you agree that no liability will apply to We Love MCR Charity in the event of an accident or injury occurring whist running this virtual 10k.

You will be undertaking this challenge at your own risk.

Please only do so if you are fit and healthy enough to take part.

The government has set, and continues to review, restrictions relating to behaviours during the pandemic. By signing this form, you are agreeing that you will abide by all the restrictions in force on the day you complete the virtual 10k.

There will be no marshals on the route – you should ensure you understand the route before setting off, and should take a printed copy of the map with you. (The Charity will supply an A3 printed copy).

No water will be provided to runners – please carry your own water. There will be no stewards or supporters on your route. You should carry a phone with full battery so you can make a call in an emergency. Wherever possible, you should cross roads using pedestrian crossings. The route will include pavements through areas which are occasionally busy, especially on holidays and at weekends.

Please consider running the route with someone in your household or “bubble” if you are not comfortable running on your own.

This virtual 10k is not a competitive event. Do not put yourself or others at any risk to achieve a particular time. It is a fun-run, and we also welcome people who choose to walk the route or to cover the route in wheelchairs.

Let a loved one know your estimated start and finish time, and check in with them as soon as you finish the course. We recommend you complete the run during daylight – please wear reflective clothing if you think you could finish after dusk or before dawn.

If you encounter any problems on your run, or feel unwell at any point, please stop, call your loved one, and find a safe route back to your start point or home.