Great City Games & Great Manchester Run on TV

Live Athletics TV broadcast rights in the UK

Athletics on TV

Great Manchester Run 10k Live Stream

The Great CityGames Manchester on TV starts on Saturday 9th May and will be Jessica Ennis-Hill's first competitive race of 2015.

Live, daily TV coverage of the CityGames and the 2015 Great Manchester 10k Run is available on the BBC.

BBC TV Schedule: Great City Games, Manchester

Saturday, 9 May

13:00-15:00, BBC One

Reigning Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill makes her eagerly awaited competitive return on the streets of Manchester, following the birth of her first child last year. She will line up in the 100m hurdles, alongside fellow Brit Tiffany Porter, as the city once again plays host to the annual event on a purpose-built athletics arena.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Britain's latest heptathlon sensation, will also be in action. The 22-year-old newly crowned European Indoor pentathlon champion takes on her British team-mate Eilidh Child over the 200m hurdles. Child won European 400m hurdles gold and Commonwealth silver last season.

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford and emerging talents Chijindu Ujah, Jodie Williams, Dina Asher-Smith and Morgan Lake are among the other Brits taking part.

Coverage is presented by Jonathan Edwards. Commentary comes from Steve Cram and Andrew Cotter. Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson provide expert analysis.

Great Manchester Run

Sunday, 10 May

11:00-13:00 GMT, BBC Two

Jonathan Edwards presents live coverage of Europe's biggest 10K race. Britain's Jo Pavey, twice a winner of this event, will be amongst a high-class women's field. The 41-year-old famously won a European gold medal last summer, a month after winning Commonwealth bronze. The line-up also includes reigning Olympic and World 5,000m champion Meseret Defar of Ethiopia and Kenya's marathon specialist Edna Kiplagat.

Former Olympic and world 10,000m champion Haile Gebrselassie and Ibrahim Jeilan head the Ethiopian charge in the men's race. They face competition from Kenyan trio Wilson Kipsang - a London Marathon winner - Stephen Sambu and Leonard Komon.

Now in its 13th year, the event also attracts many thousands of fun-runners raising money for various charities and good causes.

Steve Cram and Andrew Cotter provide commentary, with analysis from Paula Radcliffe and Denise Lewis.

Highlights from 16:30-17:30 on BBC Two (17:00-18:00 BBC Two Scotland)

This page was updated on Friday 8th May 2015, outlining the most recent live Athletics broadcasts in the UK - for information on later live Athletics events, please read the information below.

Broadcast rights for Live Athletics coverage on Television is dominated by the BBC and British Eurosport during the season.

BBC TV have a massive selection of Live Athletics coverage, the pick of the live broadcasts being the London Marathon, UK Athletics major meetings (throughout the year), The Great North Run, the IAAF World Championships, IAAF World Indoor Championships and European Championships. They also hold the rights to exclusively show the Olympic Games and Commenwealth Games.

British Eurosport continue to hold the TV UK broadcast rights to many Athletics events. Notably, they will show live coverage of the London Marathon, the World Championships, World Indoor Championships, World Junior Athletics Championships and Marathons across the world including the New York Marathon, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Channel 4 host some live Athletics including the IPC World Championships, the IPC Grand Prix Final and London Anniversary Games in 2013. Channel 4 also holds the TV rights to show live and exclusive coverage of the Paralympic Games.

Sky Sports has limited rights to Athletics programming, with only 2 live events being shown - the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships and the English School Championships. They do, however, show lots of Athletics highlights of many of the "Great Runs" across the UK including the Great North Run, Edinburgh, South, Birmingham and Scottish.

See our Summary and dates table for a full list of which TV channel is showing a particular Athletics event and when:

Summary of Athletics TV Rights in the U.K.

Athletics on BBC

Live Athletics on BBC: TV Rights

  • Live coverage of the Olympic Games (deal runs until 2020)
  • Commonwealth Games in Summer 2014
  • UK Major Athletics meetings throughout the year
  • London Marathon (broadcasted in April annually)
  • The Great North Run (broadcasted in September annually)
  • Great Edinburgh Cross Country (broadcasted in January annually)
  • Great Manchester Run (broadcasted in May annually)
  • Great Scottish Run (broadcasted in August annually)
  • IAAF World Championships in Athletics (broadcasted in August every 2 years, next meeting is in 2013)
  • IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics (broadcasted in March every 2 years, next meeting is in 2014)
  • IAAF World Cross Country Championships (broadcasted every 2 years)
  • IAAF Diamond League (14 meetings throughout the year)
  • European Athletics Championships (broadcasted in August every 2 years, next meeting is in 2014)
  • European Team Championships (broadcasted every 2 years, next meeting is in 2013)
  • European Indoor Athletics Championships (broadcasted every 2 years, next meeting is in 2013)
  • European Cross Country Championships (broadcasted in December annually)
Athletics on British Eurosport

Live Athletics on British Eurosport: TV Rights

  • London Marathon
  • IAAF World Championships in Athletics
  • IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics
  • IAAF World Cross Country Championships
  • European Athletics Championships
  • European Team Championships
  • European Indoor Athletics Championships
  • World Junior Athletics Championships (broadcasted every 2 years in July, next meeting is in 2014)
  • European Athletics Junior Championships (broadcasted every 2 years in July, next meeting is in 2013)
  • EAA Premium
  • IAAF World Challenge (14 single day events throughout the year)
  • New York Marathon (broadcasted annually in November)
  • Paris Marathon (broadcasted annually in April)
  • Berlin Marathon (broadcasted annually in September)
  • Amsterdam Marathon (broadcasted annually in October)
Athletics on Channel 4

Live Athletics on Channel 4: TV Rights

  • Exclusive live coverage of the Paralympic Games
  • IPC Athletics World Championships (broadcasted every 2 years in July, next meeting is in 2013)
  • IPC Grand Prix Final
  • London Anniversary Games
  • Highlights of the Great Ethiopian Run, the Cardiff Half Marathon and the Brighton Marathon
Athletics on Sky Sports

Live Athletics on Sky Sports: TV Rights

  • Inter Counties Cross Country Championships
  • The English Schools Championships
  • Extensive highlights of Great Runs from The North, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, The South, Scottish and Ethiopian.
Athletics on Channel 5

Live Athletics on Channel 5: TV Rights

  • Live coverage of the Great South Run and Great Birmingham Run.


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