Over 3,000 runners in the north west enjoyed the last vestiges of snow as they took part in the Cancer Research UK Manchester Winter Run. This was the first time the series visited Manchester – and with distances ranging from 2.5k, 5k and 10k – the mixed field joined together to raise funds for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.
Before they began, runners were shown to the start line by friendly ‘snowmen’, some of whom were spraying the crowds with simulated snow. Experts from Nuffield Health helped to get everyone prepped and ready to run with a winter-themed warm up, before a huge blast of snow into the air signalled the start of the race.
On a course that moved from the Etihad Stadium, the route had been designed to incorporate many winter-themed experiences, including snow-zones, a penguin party and polar bear characters on hand for an encouraging hug.
Clive Sanders, Head of Events at Cancer Research UK, said: “Every day, around 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West, so hosting the Winter Run in Manchester has been a great opportunity to raise much-needed funds and help give cancer the cold shoulder. Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of the progress that has seen survival rates double in the last 40 years. We couldn’t have made that progress without the generosity and dedication of our supporters”
More information on Cancer Research UK the Winter Run Series is available here.