The City of Manchester 10K has been renamed the We Love Our NHS Manchester 10K in honour of the Manchester NHS workers, who have worked hard to keep communities safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event that would have taken place on Sunday 5th July 2020 has been re-scheduled for Sunday 22nd November 2020, and will this year be held at Heaton Park, Manchester.
Profits from the event will be donated to the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity, to help support their work to provide excellence in treatment, research and care to patients. The charity fundraises and supports hospitals in the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which manages hospitals across Greater Manchester and Trafford. These include Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Saint Mary’s Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary. It is the largest NHS Trust in the country with more than 25,000 staff providing care to more than 2.5million patients per year. More information at https://mftcharity.org.uk/
The Running Bee Foundation was founded and is supported by Sports Tours International. The Foundation provides grants from the profits raised from its races in Manchester, Salford, Preston, Tameside and Knowsley to give to community initiatives in those areas and help to promote and create health and wellbeing initiatives, as well as support the fight to reduce childhood obesity.
Chris Bird the Founder and trustee of The Running Bee Foundation, said: "We have all been hugely effected by the coronavirus outbreak and our NHS frontline workers have been working tirelessly to save lives in their communities during the most uncertain of times. The Running Bee Foundation wants to show its appreciation for everything they have done and encourage people to run and raise money for the vital services the NHS provide. We will be supporting a Manchester based NHS charity and putting all the profits back into the area the race is hosted."
Viv Williamson, Senior Events Manager at Manchester Foundation Trust Charity, said: "We’re incredibly honoured that The Running Bee Foundation has chosen to support us in this way and we’re looking forward to the event.
“We would love it if those taking part would like to fundraise for the Charity and support Manchester and Trafford hospitals.
“Everyone who wants to fundraise for us can support either Manchester Foundation Trust Charity as a whole or, if they have a particular hospital or ward they’d like to benefit from their fundraising, we can arrange that too.”
During the race, runners will receive official chip timing, water at the middle and end of the run, and route markers at every 1km. For all who complete the race, they will receive a commemorative We Love Our NHS Manchester 10K medal and a technical t-shirt.
Early bird entry cost for club runners is £16.00 and £18.00 for non-club runners, for a limited time only. You can purchase your entry here https://www.runningbeefoundation.co.uk/events-calendar/manchester-10k/
For those looking to kick start their running goals, The Running Bee Foundation this year launched the MyFirst™ initiative, to encourage individuals and communities to complete their very first mile, whether they run, walk or jog, and take the first step towards having an active, healthy and happy lifestyle. On completing the mile, runners will receive a commemorative MyFirst™ Mile medal and certificate of achievement. For more information, and to sign up for MyFirst™ Mile at the We Love Our NHS Manchester 10K visit the booking page.