Come and join us live on Zoom for some Summer Fitness!

by | Jul 6, 2021 | Sport News | 0 comments

Be Active Summer 6 week Group exercise starts week commencing the 19th July, why not join us for some great workouts lead by our experiences fitness teachers. This will be the 5th series of live virtual classes we have ran this year and although it is a reduced programme we are still offering 20 + classes a  week.

These sessions are open to all Staff, Students and the general Public, friends, family and well behaved pets!

What’s on offer? We have a healthy programme of various Yoga and Pilates sessions, toning classes, Kettlebell, Cardio blast, Zumba and gentle Tai Chi Qigong.

Also for this 5th series of zoom sessions we have on offer on the following passes.

Check out the booking options:

Zoom class payable options

Option 1 – Just pay for the session you wish to purchase – click on the class and book

Option 2 – Short pass – this will give you access to all the 30 minutes session, this also includes Mixed and Athletic Pilates. Click here to purchase a pass

Option 3 – Full pass – this will give you access to all classes, there are 19+ weekly sessions to keep you busy – Click here to purchase a pass

Important – Please note that the closing date to purchase a Short & Full zoom pass is Sunday 25th July 21.

Please note that the all the Zumba sessions will only run for 3 weeks and the Wednesday Iyengar Yoga will also run for Only 3 weeks but commences 14th July.

To view & download the full Be Active 6 week schedule please click here

Or visit our website here

If you need to get in touch please e-mail





Live Stream

Virtual PurpleWave LIVE 
On Sunday 23rd May we will be hosting a live event via Facebook for the 10km and Half Marathon events from 9:30am. Throughout the event we will be sharing warm ups, messages from the community, fundraising stories and much more!

Click going on our Facebook event so you don’t miss a thing!


This May we are inviting you to take on the Virtual PurpleWave!

Choose from one of our 4 distances and join us as we run, jog and walk virtually.

Final Preparation for The Virtual PurpleWave


We request that you enter your results on this Form so we can collate these and share them. The DEADLINE for entering results for the 10km and Half Marathon Distances is midnight on Monday 24th May 2021. You can also add your results here:

Run Anytime

You can run at anytime over this weekend but you must enter your results by midnight on Monday 24th May. 
If you decide you want to do a different distance to the one you have signed up for that is fine just enter the distance you completed on the results form. 


Entry to the virtual events this year is FREE. But for those who like a memento of events they have participated in we have produced a VPW iron badge which will look fab on your purplewave T-shirt. The badge can by bought on the online store for £5. 

What to wear

We would like this event to make an impact in your local community and we want to see pictures/ videos of you taking part. If you have a purplewave T-shirt from a previous event it would be great if you could wear this, otherwise anything purple would be fab. email photos and videos to : 

For added effect we have given this year’s events the theme of ‘Purple and Proud’ and are encouraging you to run dressed in something related to the UoM. Maybe you could be Brian Cox running around Platt Fields park, Ernest Rutherford splitting his atom as he glides down Oxford Road. 

There is a template for you to print off and wear like a race number. You can add your name, a number, details of the charity you are raising funds for etc. By wearing this when you run/ walk/ jog people will know you are taking part in an event and give you added encouragement and support 

You’ve got to be in it to win it 

Don’t forget there are prizes for first, second and third placed in male and female categories and also prizes for fundraisers and groups – check out the website for full details. 

Let everyone know how fantastic you are

We want to make sure that participants are shouting about what they have achieved and what they are taking part in. We hope you will all be posting on social media channels throughout the event and would like to ask that you include our hashtags so we can share your stories 
#PurpleWave  #VirtualPurpleWave #UomSport #PurpleandProud

Good luck and have fun!

An image from the half marathon of the Great Manchester Run 2019.

Enter Your Virtual PurpleWave Results here!

Entry to all of our PurpleWave Events are free this year! 

However, why not join us and get your very own PurpleWave finishers badge? 

This year we have designed a series of badges that you can collect and add onto your PurpleWave T-shirt, by completing our various PurpleWave Events and Challenges. Our badges cost £5 each and can be ironed on to your PurpleWave T-shirts. To see the PurpleWave Challenges badge head to the bottom of the page! 

  • Register for either of the events. 
  • Go to the Estore and purchase your badge.
  • Complete the 2021 Virtual PurpleWave.
  • Recieve your badge! 

What are you waiting for? 

These events are open to all UoM students, staff, alumni, teams, friends and family. 


Every year our participants raise thousands of pounds for amazing causes. This year UoM Sport are raising money for Student Minds. This charity empowers students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health, support others and create change. They train students and staff in universities across the UK to deliver student-led peer support interventions as well as research-driven workshops and campaigns. By working collaboratively across sectors, they share best practice and ensure that the student voice influences decisions about student mental health.

This year, we’re encouraging people to consider raising money for mental health charity Student Minds, although you can select any cause that’s close to your heart. Please register by first creating your chosen JustGiving page and then clicking ‘Join the team’ so we can highlight the extent of everyone’s fundraising efforts.

The Purplewave of the University of Manchester started in 2016 and has continued to raise money for good causes ever since.


Fundraising Prizes 

There will be prizes for the following :  

Individual who raises the most money
Prize is an 8 week Zoom Class pass for Be Active

Group who raise the most money for one cause
Exclusive use of the studio space in the Armitage for a virtual session of the group’s choice

AU / SU club, staff group who have the most members taking part in an event
Exclusive use of the studio space in the Armitage for a virtual session of the group’s choice

AU / SU Club, staff group who raise the most money for a good cause
Exclusive use of the studio space in the Armitage for a virtual session of the group’s choice

Congratulations to Megan, who last year, took part in the Virtual PurpleWave to raise money in memory of her Uncle, raising over £850! 

Megan also dyed her hair a fantastic shade of purple especially for the occasion.

We would love to know why you are running the Virtual PurpleWave this year! Let us know by emailing us at with the subject ‘My Story VPW 2021’ to feature. 

Training Plans

As there is now a limited amount of time until the 10km and half marathon event we recommend that you take a look at the a 10k plan and be prepared to put in some decent training over the next 9 – 10 weeks so you can make sure you will enjoy the event. 

 2.5k and 5k Entrants   

If you are entering one of these distances it may be that you are returning to running after a break or have never ‘run’ before. We highly recommend the NHS couch to 5K app. This app will take you through how to get started and in 9 weeks will have you running 5km. You can take the plan at your own speed and repeat any sessions you want to if needed. 

Covid-19 Guidelines

If you feel you need some, one to one, support from a real person you are permitted to do this under the current Covid guidelines, so ask a friend who runs if they would be willing to support you or find someone else who may be just starting out or returning and is willing to give it a go with you and so you can both achieve your goal together. Running with a pal is so much more enjoyable and a great escape from home life or loneliness.  

Keep an eye on the changes due to the government roadmap as larger group activity will hopefully be allowed in the not too distant future. Running clubs and boot camps will be open again, waiting with open arms (metaphorically speaking) to greet you and help you on your running journey. 

Running Groups

The University is currently unable to hostit’s usual running groups due to Covid restrictions and many run leader working from home. However Ellen does conduct her session by zoom on a Tuesday lunchtime. If you want to learn more see our running pages or email 

The Virtual PurpleWave was held for the first time in 2020!

More than 400 runners, from all corners of the world, completed the event!

PurpleWave Ambassadors 

UoM Sport are looking for people who are passionate about the Purplewave events to bring these events to the attention of staff, students and alumni of the university as well as friends and family who may want to take part this year.  

In return you will recieve: 

  • Get a VPW 2021 Goodie bag with badge, t-shirt and water bottle
  • Get Be Active Zoom Class pass (free access to an 8 week class)

What is the PurpleWave and PurpleWave Challenges?

The PurpleWave brings together thousands of University students staff and alumni through our mass participation running, walking or jogging events! 

The Purplewave of the University of Manchester started in 2016 when members of UoM Sport decided we should enter a group of university staff and students into the Great Manchester Run. The event has continued to grow and develop each year with over 3000 members of the UoM community taking part in the 2019 PurpleWave.

In 2020 and 2021 we have had to think differently about our Purple Wave, this is where the Purple Wave Challenges were established. We want as many staff, students and alumni coming together virtually to take part in a range sport and fitness challenges.

Each month we set a variety of challenges with badges to be won for each month! 

If you need more information about any aspects of our events please email us at

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