Manchester 10K Runners

We Love Our Rainy Rundays

Despite the weather, Manchester runners came together on Sunday to raise money for NHS charities...

The We Love Our NHS Manchester 10K took place at Heaton Park on Sunday (31 October), with hundreds of runners coming together to raise money for good causes despite particularly wet conditions. 

The race was hosted in a new location for 2021 - the scenic Heaton Park. And given the date, organisers also hosted a Halloween Fun Run which saw families gather in fancy dress to complete a short course dressed as witches, ghouls, skeletons and other spooky characters. 

In the 10K Sophie Whittaker took first place in the women’s category completing the route in 39:49, followed closely behind by Lisa Gawthorne from Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton Harriers in second place and Katalin Szabo from Chorlton Runners in third. 

Mohammed Saleh took first place in the men’s category crossing the finish line in 31:50, Matthew Latham from from Salford Harriers & AC came second and Jonathan Manning was third. 

A full set of results can be accessed via runABC North's comprehensive race listings pages.

Race participant Rick Cartwright tweeted: “Massive thanks to everyone involved in organising this mornings event at Heaton Park. A brilliant effort from all involved despite the horrible conditions.”

While Chorlton Girl tweeted: “Instead of lying in bed for an extra hour like a sensible person, this morning I did the @manchester10k in #HeatonPark. Got soaking wet, and gained a blister, but feeling triumphant! All in support of @MFT_Charity.”

The race celebrated a partnership between the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity and The Running Bee Foundation, with profits raised from the event going towards the vital services and hospitals under the trust’s umbrella. 

Events and logistics manager, Kevin Harmer commented: “We’d like to thank our runners and supporters for yet another successful 10K event! Despite the wind and rain, runners turned out in the hundreds to run and raise money for the local community. 

“Heaton Park is a great venue and we’d like to thank them for all their support. All profits from the event will be granted to the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity and its hospital family, to continue to carry out the amazing work they do.”

For more information vitas The Running Bee Foundation website

Image: The Running Bee Foundation Twitter

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