Image © Great Manchester Run via Facebook

Where to Find Free Food and Drinks after the Great Manchester Run 2019

Maisy Farren

The Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run is this weekend, and for those of you that are training hard for the 10K slog, rest assured, the end is in sight. Whether you’re running for charity or running just because you enjoy it, you deserve to let your (sweaty) hair down and relax come the end of the race. Everyone’s a winner in the eyes of the marathon gods, so as long as you have a medal or a t-shirt to prove you crossed the finish line, you’ll be able to claim some free (or heavily discounted) food and drinks! 

Image credit: wagamama via Facebook 
Various Locations 
A free Wagamama, an intense work out and raising money for charity? You’re going to wake up feeling smug on Monday. At Wagamama restaurants at St Peter’s Square, Spinningfields, Printworks, Media City and at the Trafford Centre you can claim a free main meal when you present your hard-earned medal (and a screenshot of the offer – click the link above). A creamy katsu curry, classic yaki soba or a soulful chicken ramen are all on offer for racers, and if you’re too exhausted to go straight there after the race, the offer lasts until Sunday 2ndJune. You do have to spend a minimum of £7 in order to claim the free main, but with an amazing selection of starters and fresh smoothies that shouldn’t be too hard a task. 

Unit 13, Corn Exchange, 98 Corporation St, Manchester, M4 3TR
It’s no secret that a guilt free carb overload is a runner’s true prize, and Vapiano recommends you ‘eat pasta and run faster’ with a trip to their restaurant to enjoy some of their homemade fresh pasta. They’re rewarding all racers with 30% off any meal of their choice, so you can enjoy some wonderfully fresh Italian cuisine for a seriously low price. They have a wide range of classic pasta dishes that are prepared to order with a pasta shape of your choice, as well as some great vegan options. Just be sure to take your medal down to redeem the discount on the day! 

Image credit: Pho via Facebook 
37 Hanging Ditch, Unit 15, The Corn Exchange, Manchester M4 3TR
If you’ve been on a health kick throughout your training and you’re not ready to shock your body with junk food yet, then head to Pho for some healthy Vietnamese goodness. If you dine in here on Sunday, then you will receive one bowl of their classic Pho on the house. This classic noodle soup dish is an aromatic broth, peppered with fresh herbs and authentically prepared. Pick from any of their classic, house specials or hot and spicy soups, all of which are ultimate food for the soul. 

20 Stories 
No. 1 Spinningfields 1 Hardman Square, Manchester M3 3EB
Enjoy sweeping views of the city and a discount at 20 Stories’ celebration BBQ on the day of the race. They’ll be hosting a BBQ on their terrace with music and drinks from 1pm-4pm, and all participants will receive a 10% discount off their bill. Be sure to bring your t-shirt or medal to redeem the discount, and you’ll be happy to know that the posh bar and restaurant is relaxing its dress code for the day, allowing trainers and sportswear. We don’t know where they stand on fancy dress though… 

Image credit: Gino D'Acampo My Restaurant Manchester via Facebook
Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant 
Unit 11, Corn Exchange, Manchester, M4 3TR
If you get desperately hungry watching Gino cook up his authentic family food on This Morning, then check out his My Restaurant chain to enjoy some of this Italian cuisine. Every racer dining at My Restaurant Corn Exchange will receive a free drink, providing you order a main meal! Enjoy a crisp sauvignon blanc, a refreshing Italian beer or a thirst-quenching soft drink with your meal. If you head there between 12 and 6pm you can utilise their lunch and early evening set menu, which offers one course for £12.50, two courses for £17.50 or three courses for £21.50, and is the perfect meal out to celebrate your success! 

Irwell Square, Leftbank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AG
This revered Manchester restaurant is offering a free glass of prosecco with a brunch dish or Sunday roast to ever medal holder. Serving classic British dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this eatery boasts an extensive menu with something for everyone. Their gourmet Sunday roast is the perfect opportunity to get the family together, and with the main meals costing between £11.50 and £16.50, a free glass of fizz is totally justified. Alternatively, grab a brunch dish for as little as £6.50 and claim your free beverage. 

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