Hundreds of Manchester runners gather for a 24-hour marathon to tackle homelessness
Homelessness remains one of the biggest problems facing the UK and hundreds of runners from Manchester are once again showing up to do their part to tackle the problem.
Manchester 24 hour race against homelessness is an annual initiative which aims to raise funds for the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s ‘A Bed Every Night’ charity programme.
Created by the Run Wild MCR in 2019 – a running club and social society founded by students from the University of Manchester – the 24-hour marathon sees hordes of elite runners, casual joggers and newbies racing through the city center to raise funds.
Now in its fourth year, Run wildThe 24 Hour Race Against Homelessness is set to be bigger than ever, with the aim of raising over £5,000 in 2022. That being said, we expect this wonderful prize to rack up much more than that, having totaled £12,000 in donations. since the campaign was launched.
How it works?
The event is essentially a 24-hour group relay race where participants can join a 5k lap by simply showing up at the venue and joining the giant group of joggers.
The relay itself is led by one of several race leaders displaying a flag for the charity and to help identify the group that may fluctuate in size throughout the day.
Big or small, rain or shine, people continue to do their part to raise funds and awareness for this vital cause.
For anyone who cares about keeping pace and/or distance, the relay is run at an accessible pace that still allows everyone to stick together for a social race and you participate as long or as little as you wish. .
Relay groups tend to leave about every half hour; this obviously varies depending on the general pace of the runners but, again, it’s not about the race itself: it’s about raising funds and awareness for an often overlooked issue in this city.
Who is participating and how you can join
Given the university roots of the charity run, there will of course be plenty of students joining the relay, with the UoM Sport hires dozens of runners and athletes to join the cause.
Several local racing clubs, including the likes of the Ancoats Run Club, Belle Vue runnersthe Manchester road runners (MRR) and many others — more than 30 different organizations, in fact.
However, you don’t even have to be a regular runner to participate and there will be race leaders, cheerleaders and general ambassadors on hand for anyone who wants to get involved.
For those who can’t make it to the event, the organizers have even set up a virtual attendance option, where people can sync their Strava app or manually enter distances on a virtual tracker accessible through the website.
An epidemic that can no longer be ignored
There are still an alarming number of homeless people living in Manchester in 2022: around 6,780 adults and children would be without permanent homes in the area, according to statistics from SocialHousing.co.uk.
Additionally, due to the current cost of living and energy crisis, there is an increased need to offer support this winter. homeless charity UK crisis estimates that one in four households in private rentals lived in fuel poverty in 2020 and that this figure is expected to jump by 42% by the end of the year.
In other words, the equivalent of more than 2.3 million households could struggle to pay their gas and electricity bills this winter and, as a result, even more people are at risk of becoming homeless.
That’s where charities like this come in. Over £2,000 has already been raised through donations and over £300 raised through shirt sales alone.
Like Lucy from Ancoats Run Club said: “We spend a lot of time running in the city center, especially on winter evenings. We can see the homelessness affecting Manchester. To be able to participate in this race is a great chance for us as a club to help increase”
A Bed Every Night puts a punch in the problem
Although this is obviously a national problem, A bed every night (ABEN) are already supporting over 600 people currently in need of accommodation in Manchester.
More than 4,000 people have been supported by ABEN since 2019; at the time of writing there are 619 people per associated accommodation in Greater Manchesterwith 21 different organizations helping to provide a safe place to sleep across the region.
Best of all, A Bed Every Night also includes women’s specialty, LGBTQ+, pet-friendly, and “without recourse to public funds” accommodations. The Mayor of Greater Manchester’s charity is truly a lifeline for that city’s homeless population and has already helped reduce the numbers by more than 50%.
Additionally, as MRR President and Founding Member Chris Rider said of his club, one of their primary aspirations is to have an impact on the community through acts such as fundraiser and “24 hour race is a fantastic event that raises much needed funds for an important charity.
Where and when?
The 24-hour marathon will run from 12 p.m. on Wednesday November 16 until 12 p.m. the following day, with laps starting at the 53two theater and charity arts center, located at Arch 19 on Watson Street.
Register is completely free but not absolutely essential, you can also have fun if you feel like doing your bit for charity on the day. You can also do as many or as few laps as you want – no matter how many laps you manage, it all goes towards an important cause.
You can donate to the 2022 24 Hour Race Against Homelessness HERE and be sure to follow them on their various social for all day updates.
We hope to see you do some laps.
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Featured Image — 24 Hour Race Against Homelessness/Run Wild Manchester