Azeem Amir, who hit the headlines last year when he became the youngest blind runner in the world to complete a Tough Mudder, has confirmed that he will take on the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10K. Azeem will be one of 25,000 runners competing on Sunday 28 May, a turnout that makes it Europe’s largest 10k road race.
Born with no sight in his right eye and slight light perception in his left, Azeem is a keen runner and talented blind footballer currently playing for Merseyside Blind FC. The 18-year-old will be running in aid of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and hopes to raise awareness for the hospital that does amazing work for sick children across the region.
Looking ahead to the race, which he will run with his old PE teacher Sam Hinchliffe as a guide, Azeem said he is looking to improve on his 2016 time: “We’re hoping to get under 55 minutes. Last year we got 56.20, when the target was only to get under an hour. This year I want to get under 55 for sure.
“Last year it was very hectic, but very enjoyable, I really loved the whole day. It’s probably my favourite event of the year. There’s so many different levels of runners, from the elites to those who are just wanting to get round. That’s the aim of the event – at the end of the day it’s about finishing.”
For the first time in the race’s history, May will see the addition of a half marathon. The decision to offer the distance has proven to be a success with all of the 8,500 entries already snapped up. Registration for the Great Manchester Run 10K remains open.