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PRIVATE QUAY XL – 15K

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The Quays XL tour provides the perfect mix of exploring all that Manchester, and the surrounding suburbs, have to offer. Our tour explores the city centre streets, the cobbled canal banks and then out to the urban regeneration sites of Old Trafford and Salford Quays. Here we will visit the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ (Manchester United Football Team’s Stadium), the Class of 92’s Hotel Football, The Imperial War Museum, L.S Lowry Theatre and follow the industrial sculpture trail. The perfect balance of history, sport and architecture.
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TOUR DETAILS

  • Tour Type

    private tour
  • Tour Distance

    15 km / 9.3 mi
  • Tour Duration

    2h15min
  • Level of Difficulty

    moderate
  • Tour pace

    individual
  • Tour days

    Mon - Sun
  • Start times

    Individual tour start times. Please select a preferred tour start time during the booking process.
  • Tour Language

    English

TOUR DESCRIPTION

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The Quays running tour is a fantastic way to explore a magnitude of Manchester’s finest sights and experience the fascinating areas surrounding the heart of Manchester’s city centre.

The Quays tour will begin with a ‘must see of Manchester’ route, where we will cover ground by seeking out some of Manchester’s most iconic landmarks, stunning architecture and hidden gems. Our trail will wind it’s way through the city streets, passing as we go, a perfect combination of all things ‘Manchester’. If your motivation for running is to see the spectrum of what Manchester has to offer then this is definitely the tour for you!

Having explored the heart of central Manchester, our route will take us along the cobbled banks of the Bridgewater Canal and out towards Manchester’s iconic ‘Theatre of Dreams’, Old Trafford. The imposing stadium, home to Manchester United Football club, can be seen in all it’s greatness as we tread the outer city canal banks. Emerging from the canal pathways, we will pass The Hotel Football (which is the enterprising gem of some of the Class of ‘92 players) before taking a circular route around the momentous stadium itself.

From here, our tour will continue out towards Salford Quays, which was previously the site of Manchester Docks; one of first and largest urban regeneration projects in the United Kingdom following the dockyard closure in 1982. As we pace across the The Urban Waterside redevelopment, The ‘Quays’, you will have the opportunity to explore several iconic structures of Manchester’s historical roots. On approaching the Quays, your attention will be drawn to the 3 silver, illuminating shards of the Imperial War Museum. The museum occupies a spectacular site overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal and is dedicated to exploring the impact of modern conflict on people and society.

Crossing over the Lowry Millenium Bridge and the Manchester Ship Canal, our gaze will be set upon the magnificent, perforated steel structure of the Lowry Theatre; named after the Salfordian artist L.S Lowry. The Lowry (or Salford’s Guggenheim, as it has been referred to) has a 2,000 seat theatre capacity and also houses over 400 of L.S Lowry’s timeless paintings.

Finally, before setting back on our canal bank tour to the city centre, we will cover the ground around the Quays and The Manchester Ship Canal to explore the urban regeneration project and the community arts exhibits and sculpture trail.

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MORE TOUR INFO

  • Pick-up service:
    Pick-up service from your hotel/apartment or another meeting point is possible and will be checked by the tour provider individually.
    If your hotel/apartment should be too far away from the city centre or not close to the tour route, then we will meet you at our standard meeting point.

    Standard meeting point:
    We meet you at: Manchester Central Library
    St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
    Google Maps link: Manchester Central Library

    Meeting details:
    The tour provider will get in contact with you to provide you with more detailed information after the tour was booked.
    Please, bring along your mobile phone in case we need to contact each other.

    • Private guide/tour
    • Individual pace
    • Digital photos
    • Pick-up service
    • Water supply
  • DO YOU CANCEL IF IT RAINS?
    No we do not cancel our tours if it rains or snows. We consider only a cancellation if we expect a heavy thunderstorm or it is very icy. If this happens we will let participants know in advance either via email or by phone. It is however, very rare that conditions are so bad, that we have to cancel, so if you are in doubt…pack some wet weather gear and expect to run.

    WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
    Road running shoes are recommended and whatever you are comfortable running in. It is always a good idea to check the weather conditions before travelling to Manchester, so that you know what temperatures to expect.
    The weather in summer varies so it's worth bringing layers for every eventuality. If it is forecast to be warm, It is very important to remember sunscreen, so that sun burn is avoided. A hat and sunglasses can also be very handy if you happen to run on a really hot day.
    During the colder months we always recommend people to wear an extra layer in addition to what they would normally wear as we have short stops along the run, in order to take photos.

    IS THERE WATER ON THE TOUR?
    Water is not included so we always recommend our guests to bring their own water on a warm day. On most tours there are shops along the way where water can be purchased. If you are in need of a sip of water, simply ask the guide to point out a the nearest available stopping point.

    HOW FAST DO YOU RUN ON THE TOURS, DO I HAVE TO BE AN ELITE RUNNER TO PARTICIPATE?
    Not at all! Our private tours are customised to suit your running pace and we take all the time you need.

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO STORE BAGS AND CLOTHES AT THE PLACE WE START?
    Unfortunately there is no storage for bags. Please, travel light.

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE PICTURES ALONG THE WAY?
    Yes, you can bring your camera and snap away. The running guide will also take pictures along the route, and if there is a certain place you would like your picture taken, then simply ask your guide. The pictures will be sent to you after the tour by email.

    HOW DO I BOOK AND PAY FOR A TOUR?
    All tours are booked and paid for through our online booking system on our website.

    HOW LONG DO THE TOURS TAKE?
    This depends on the length of the tour (how many kilometres / miles) you choose. This information is available in the tour description.

    IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT/RESTRICTION FOR THE TOURS?
    This is at your discretion. It is the responsibility of you as a participant to ensure that you are healthy and able to participate in the tour. Children under the age of 18 are the responsibility of their parents or guardians.

    IN WHAT LANGUAGES WILL THE TOUR BE?
    The tours will be given in English.

  • If you need to cancel a booked service, it is mandatory to email Go! Running Tours by respondng on the booking confirmation email or via our contact form: Get in contact with us.

    You are entitled to cancel your booking up to 4 workdays before the booked tour date, free of charge. There will be in this case be a full refund of the tour and service fees.

    If you cancel a booking between 3 and 0 days before the booked tour date, or if you do not attend the tour, there will be no refund.

    If the tour provider is not able to accept the tour, or if the tour provider was not able to carry out the booked tour, Go! Running Tours guarantess a full refund of the tour and service fees.
tip  BOOKING TIP:
BOOK EARLY - GIVE US SOME TIME
We recommend to book your running tour minimum 2-3 days before your preferred tour date. Especially during the different high seasons, when many guests like to join our runs.
That will give the guide/city manager enough time to arrange together with you the last tour details like the meeting point, start time and to organize a personal tour guide for your unique and fun running experience.
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  • 2. Select date/start time, # of runners
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  • NOTE: Cash payment is not possible!

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  • 8. Tour guides reach out to you within 24h
  • 9. Guides will arrange tour details with you
  • 10. Tour is confirmed and set

guarantee GUARANTEE

  • We guarantee your money until you have done the tour! In case of that the tour can't be arranged or any other not self-inflicted circumstance, we will provide a full refund within 24h.

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