Yesterday, four members of the Golden Lane Housing (GLH) team completed Europe’s largest 10K run in Manchester raising over £1000 for Mencap.
There was a fabulous atmosphere as 40,000 runners took to the streets in the glorious sunshine. With our friends at Mencap we cheered them on from our stand near Deansgate Station, 200 metres from the finish line.
Phil Whittaker completed the race in 48 minutes 43 seconds, followed by Alastair Graham in 54 minutes 32 seconds, Tom Musau finished in 1 hour 1 minute 54 seconds and Angela Kirkup completed in 1 hour 46 minutes 13 seconds.
“I’m fundraising for Mencap because it truly is a great charity working with some of the most vulnerable people in our society today. It’s an outrage that people with a learning disability are much more likely than the rest of us to have a lower life expectancy, to live in large institutions where this is not their choice, to be on very low incomes and to be bullied or harassed. Mencap is making a difference and it’s great to be able to support them.” Alastair Graham, director.
“Thank you to everyone for their generosity. I’m pleased how these events have brought people together to raise money for such a worthy cause.” Tom Musau, housing officer.
“It was great to see all our cheerers near the end – it helped me over the last few hundred metres! It was a brilliant day and really felt to me like we were part of something important,” said Phil Whittacker, property officer.
“I’m really pleased I took part the race, and I met some lovely people along the way. Seeing the cheerers towards the end was like an oasis in a desert!” says Angela Kirkup, housing officer.
Photos from the event
Take a look at the pictures from the event.
In the coming months GLH and Mencap staff at the Manchester office are holding more fundraising events across the country, the next is Matt’s Mencap Office challenge on 3-4 June 2014.