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Purple Wave makes a big splash

Purple Wave runners

Staff, students and alumni from the University turned the streets of Manchester purple at the SimplyHealth Great Manchester Run on 20 May 2018.

A ‘Purple Wave’ of almost 2,200 students, staff and alumni took part in the 10k run, with 87 entering the half marathon. All runners were encouraged to raise for charitable causes. More than £28,000 was raised, including £15,000 for the University’s Undergraduate Access Scholarship Programme, which supports bright young people from the most deprived parts of Greater Manchester.

James Marenghi, the University’s Sport Participation Manager, said: “To have more than 2,000 of our University community running in the Purple Wave will hopefully inspire real change to activity levels across the institution supporting the wellbeing of our audience.

“It is with great pride that University of Manchester Sport is able to help deliver such an initiative that also provides a platform for hundreds to raise money for such good causes that will have a real impact on these charities for the foreseeable future.”

Purple Wave runners

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