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Purple Wave success at the Great Manchester Run

by | May 22, 2023 | Sport and Activities, Sport News, Sporticipate, Volunteering and Internships | 0 comments

On Sunday 21 May Europe’s biggest and best 10k race returned with the Great Manchester Run. Thousands of runners took on the city centre’s streets.

Congratulations to all of our 500 10k and 101 1/2 marathon runners from UoM Sport! It was an amazing day. It was wonderful to see our UoM community join together to create a wonderful environment, with nearly 600 students, staff members, and alumni running, walking, and jogging. Once again making an appearance, Barnabee finished the 10k run in just under an hour! In such a heated suit, it’s no simple task.

Many staff, students, alumni and friends of the University took part in the Purple Wave to raise funds to support Manchester’s cancer research. Our Purple Wave 2023 fundraising team have been working hard to help deliver life-saving research in Manchester’s brand-new cancer research centre. And they’ve already exceeded their collective fundraising target of £15,000. There’s still time to support the team by visiting our Purple Wave JustGiving page. Every pound raised will bring new hope to millions living with cancer around the world. Thank you.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped in the run-up to the PurpleWave as well as on the day – without you, we would not be able to run the events as we do! 

Whether you took part in the events as a personal challenge, raised money for charity, or returned to Manchester to run as alumni, we would love to hear from you! If you would like to share your story, just email us at

If you were involved and are already excited for next year’s event, or if you did not manage to enter but want to get in on the action, you can now register your interest for next year’s PurpleWave which will be taking place on Sunday 26 May 2024.

Next year will no doubt be even bigger and better as we are celebrating our bicentenary.

Register now to keep up to date and make the most of our reduced entry fees.

You can find your official results and photos on the Great Run website or check out some more photos from the day below.