Dow team breaks £2K barrier after Manchester run

A team of intrepid Dow runners beat the heat and raised over £2K for charity at the same time by joining 30,000 other entrants in the Great Manchester Run on May 20th.

With a course winding through Manchester, Trafford and Salford, the 10K is the largest of its kind in Europe. Joined by a half marathon event in 2017, the overall event is now the third largest mass participation running event in the UK, with only the London Marathon and Great North Run attracting more participants.

Eleven Dow runners lined up in the morning for the half marathon, resplendent in Dow branded T-shirts – and despite the sweltering heat managed to achieve two very impressive seconds in the business team challenge, winning the placements in both the mixed and men’s categories!

But rather than rest on their laurels, the exhausted team members then lined up to cheer on colleagues taking part in the afternoon’s 10K, with Student Lab Technician Ellen Quane particularly grateful for their support as she gallantly took part in both runs.

“It made a massive difference having the half marathon team and some keen supporters cheering us on in the last kilometre to give a final push to the finish!,” she said.

With three of the eight runners completing their first ever 10K event, the on-course entertainment and huge crowds also helped them on their way – and with a certain Mr Mo Farah taking part alongside them, spirits were certainly high as they crossed the finish line!

This year’s run was particularly poignant, with several survivors of last year’s Manchester Arena attack taking part in the mass run. Athletes and spectators fell silent for one minute to remember those who lost their lives, and 15 year old Freya Lewis - who has had to learn to walk again after being injured in the blast - was the honorary starter of the junior race.

Dow’s participation has so far raised over £2K for mental health charity Mind – and there’s still time to donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dow-runs.

“A massive thank you to everyone who sponsored and supported us, especially Aude Pertoldi and Andrew Jones for sponsoring our entry fees, and Charlene Banda for organising the team tops,” added Ellen. “Lastly, a massive thank you to all the runners who gave up their Sunday, put in all the training time and promoted the cause. There was a fantastic team spirit and we all wore the Dow logo with pride!”

Well done to Ellen, as well as Nicola Bowen, Rob Winfield, Ben Buckley, Jonathan Faulkner, Mark Bradford, Gareth Faulkner, Noel Carr, Hamish Reid, Graham Evans, Chloe Coutts, Chris Glaysher, Charlene Banda, Esther Zvidzayi, Andrew Davies, Bev Morten, Cheryl Evans and Luke Wilson.