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Purple Wave: Take part in one of the largest 10k races in Europe

It’s time to dust of your trainers as registrations are now open for the Simply Health Great Manchester Run, one of Europe’s largest 10k races. For the fourth year in a row The University of Manchester will have its own Purple Wave, where students, staff and alumni – and even the Chancellor Lemn Sissay – will take part. Last year was our largest wave yet with 2,300 runners donning a purple shirt.

Never run before?

If you’ve never run before, or 10k sounds too much to begin with, why not try some shorter distances first with the Purple Wave 2K and 5K? On Wednesday 27 February, The University of Manchester (in partnership with MMU and The Great Run) will be hosting some shorter 2k and 5k runs in Platt Fields Park. You can start small by joining us in the afternoon to run, jog or walk!

To find out more information visit the Purple Wave webpages.

Why run?

There are many different reasons people run; to set themselves a challenge, to raise money for charity, for the mental and physical health benefits, or just because they enjoy it. Whatever your reasons, why not join this year’s Purple Wave, and be part of one of the biggest University running wave across the country?

Register now and get a discounted entry (£20), as well as your own purple wave running t-shirt. If you’re thinking of running for charity, you can also raise money for University scholarships or research and get free entry.

Running support

To help you prep between now and May, there are number of training plans on the Purple Wave website. Whether you’re running a 10k for the first time or your looking for a personal best there’s a plan to suit everyone.

Added to this there are also a number of running groups at the University catering for all abilities that you can join to get tips on training and also meet other runners.

To register for the Purple Wave 10K or find out more about the Manchester Purple Wave, visit the website.