In the lead up to this year’s event on Sunday 19 May, the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run has released a short film which showcases the inspirational running poem Do Something, by Mancunian poet Tony Walsh, aka Longfella. Created specifically for the Manchester event, the poem has been written to embody the feelings of ambition, motivation and celebration experienced by those who take on the challenge.
Revealed for the first time earlier this week, the film see’s Longfella's poignant words spoken by actors, influencers and real runners who connect to them. TV stars Julie Hesmondhalgh and Tony Audenshaw, DJ and musician Clint Boon and 11-year-old Pride of Britain winner Ella Chadwick, all feature.
Paul Foster, chief executive of The Great Run Company, said: “Since the first event in 2003, over 300,000 people have crossed the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run finish line on Deansgate.
“Whether they're taking on a personal challenge, raising money for charity or simply running for fun, Do Something explores a range of themes that resonate with each and every one of these runners.
“Do Something is an inspirational piece of writing, it is only fitting that we feature some of our most inspirational runners in the film, who have overcome adversity, raised thousands of pounds for charity and continue to inspire new runners every day.”
Returning for its 17th year this May, the Great Manchester Run has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence and stands as Europe’s largest 10k road race with an average of 25,000 runners competing annually. Last year also saw the first staging of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run Half Marathon.