‘Do Something’ by taking part in the 2019 Great Manchester Run

Poet Tony Walsh aka Longfella, with participants from the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run
Poet Tony Walsh aka Longfella, with participants from the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run

A special poem created by the much-loved Mancunian poet Tony Walsh – aka Longfella – is calling for local people to ‘Do Something’ by taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run this May.

Event organisers have worked with runners and well-known Manchester faces to create a film showcasing the inspirational poem, which was created specifically for the event and sees Longfella’s poignant words spoken by actors, influencers and real runners who connect to them.

TV stars Julie Hesmondhalgh and Tony Audenshaw, DJ and musician Clint Boon, and 11-year-old Pride of Britain winner Ella Chadwick all feature.

The film was revealed for the first time at the People’s History Museum in Manchester to celebrate the launch of this year’s Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, which takes place on Sunday, May 19.

Returning for a 17th year, it gives runners the chance to experience an event in the heart of the city centre, with 10km and half-marathon courses known for their buzzing atmosphere and incredible local support.

Paul Foster, chief executive of The Great Run Company, said: “Since the first event in 2003, over 300,000 people have crossed the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run finish line on Deansgate.

“Whether they’re taking on a personal challenge, raising money for charity or simply running for fun, ‘Do Something’ explores a range of themes that resonate with each and every one of these runners.

“’Do Something’ is an inspirational piece of writing, it is only fitting that we feature some of our most inspirational runners in the film, who have overcome adversity, raised thousands of pounds for charity and continue to inspire new runners every day.”

Bambos Neophytou, Brand Director at title sponsor Simplyhealth, said: “The Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run is renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and enthusiastic crowds.

“Whether you’re training for your first event, have got your eye on a PB, or have children who are budding young runners who want to experience their own finish line moment, Simplyhealth is supporting runners and their families every step of the way.

“We’re proud to have Diabetes UK as our official charity partner of the Simplyhealth Great Run Series 2019.

“Our partnership enables us to continue our great work in supporting people with their health, and encouraging as many people as possible to become more active to reduce the risks of developing diabetes.

“Good luck to everyone taking part and we look forward to seeing you at the finish line to celebrate your achievement.”