2019 Manchester Marathon brings £6.1 million to Greater Manchester

This year’s Manchester Marathon injected a staggering £6.1 million into the Greater Manchester economy, attracting a record number of runners and spectators who enjoyed local hospitality and accommodation over the event weekend from April 6-7.

Now one of Europe’s largest marathons, the Manchester Marathon has been growing year on year, attracting a 50 per cent increase in runners to this year’s event.

With over 70,000 spectators attending the event weekend, over 23,000 travelled from outside Greater Manchester and spent an average two nights in commercial accommodation in the region, bringing in a revenue of £3.1 million.

Furthermore over 4,900 spectators stayed in non-commercial accommodation and 6,300 visitors attended on the day which brought in a staggering £2.7 million spend to the area.

In addition, £1 from every participant’s entry is donated to the Trafford Active Fund which supports people from Greater Manchester who might not otherwise be able to follow their sporting dreams. With 20,000 entries this year, £20K will go towards the development fund which also looks to help establish sustainable projects to combat inactivity in the area.

Nick Rusling, Human Race CEO, said: “We couldn’t ask for better hosts than the people of Manchester who continue to make this event special and create a true home for runners year after year. With all of our events we aim to create a positive impact on the local area and we’re delighted to be in a position to contribute such a significant amount to the economy, supporting businesses and giving back to the community in the form of charitable donations from the Trafford Active Fund.”

Next year’s marathon on April 5 will follow a new route, with the starting section heading into the city centre for the first time in the event’s history. The economic boost is projected to surpass this year’s total, with local businesses set to benefit from continued growth.

The Manchester Marathon attracts runners and spectators from throughout the UK and Europe, with many looking to experience what the city has to offer outside of the event itself, from sightseeing, local heritage, music and football.

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