The organisers of the Great Manchester Run are hosting the ‘We Love Manchester Active Challenge’ from today (August 10) – offering Mancs the chance to get fit and fundraise in the absence of the usual event.
Starting on 10 August and finishing on 6 September, the challenge asks participants to complete a minimum of 15 activities of any distance over 28 days.
Those taking part can walk, jog or run – with all entrants scooping a medal as a reward.
A Virtual Bee Wave will round off the event on 6 September – with participants encouraged to complete their final activity in gold and black dress and post their pics to social media.
The challenge costs £10 to join – with all profits going to the We Love Manchester Charity.
Paul Foster Chief Executive of the Great Run Company said: “Despite having to cancel the event due to the public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus, we were determined to find a way to still celebrate all that is great about the event.”
“The Great Manchester Run is an important day in the calendar for charities with millions raised each year. All profits from the challenge will go to the We Love Manchester charity, and we’re encouraging all participants to fundraise for one of the event’s official charities. Together we can help our charity partners raise a significant fundraising total.”
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Skills, Culture and Leisure added: “The COVID-19 pandemic had a catastrophic effect on UK charities, with We Love MCR not exempt from the effects impacting their ability to provide support to Manchester. However, in true Mancunian spirit, we are challenging Manchester to be more active across 28 days.”
“I am thrilled to support the launch of the ‘We Love Manchester Active Challenge’, a virtual proposition not just for runners, but something for non-runners too, where everyone can get involved.
“This will be accessible to all, regardless of ability, where residents can walk, jog or run to suit their level. This summer, why not challenge yourself and your family to take on the virtual 4-week challenge and raise money for We Love MCR? I’m up for the challenge!”
Today is the last chance to enrol. You can do so here.
Good luck, everyone!