A firefighter from Rochdale is preparing for a gruelling charity challenge - running 22 10K races in memory of the 22 victims of last year’s tragic Manchester Arena attack. Aaron Parmar will commence his test of endurance, which will total 137 miles, in his hometown on Sunday 7 October at the Rochdale 10K.
Aaron was a police officer at the arena on the night of the attack and witnessed the physical and emotional devastation caused by the attack. Since then, he has moved departments to the fire service, and is looking to express his support for the victims by completing 22 10k races.
On the challenge and the targets he has set himself, Aaron commented: “Coming from Rochdale I wanted the first 10K to be in my hometown, my preparation is going well and I’m confident I will be able to do all 22 races in under an hour each.”
Aaron continued: “I will be raising money for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund which is managed by the British Red Cross who did a fantastic job in supporting the victims and their families during that harrowing time and who continue to support them today.”
Anticipation is building for the upcoming staging of the BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run. Organised by Rochdale Borough Council, the popular event, launched in 2015, offers the ideal blend of city and countryside, with runners departing from Rochdale Town Hall and moving through some of the north west’s most picturesque countryside.
Entries for both races remain open and registration is available here.