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The purple wave running to raise money for Equity and Merit

28 May 2017

Runners in the purple wave
University of Manchester runners in the purple wave at the Great Manchester Run.

Today, staff, students and alumni from The University of Manchester will run as part of the ‘purple wave’ at the Great Manchester Run.

The run, established in 2003, is an annual 10km run through Manchester, Trafford and Salford and is the largest run of its type in Europe. Last year, it attracted more than 35,000 runners from all over the world.

This year’s purple wave is expected to contain around 2,500 runners, more than double last year.

The run will be taking place less than one week after the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena and will show the resilience and spirit of the city and its people.

The purple wave has partnered with two charities, one of which is the University’s Equity of Merit Scholarships.

The Equity and Merit Programme is part of the University’s commitment to social responsibility and awards students from Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda scholarships to study at Manchester, allowing them to gain vital skills that aren’t available in their home country.

While The University covers the students’ tuition fees, donors fund the students’ flights, visas and living costs. To date, over 200 students have studied for a Master’s degree thanks to the programme.

So far, the purple wave has raised over £29,000 for charities including Equity and Merit.

The runners, including multiple previous Equity and Merit Scholarship recipients, will set off at 1.55pm from the junction of Portland Street and Oxford Street and there is an official University of Manchester cheer point 2km into the race on Chester Road. Supporters wanting to cheer the runners on should wear purple, and expect the first runners just after 2pm.

There is still time to donate and support the purple wave and the Equity and Merit Scholarships.