Cancer Research UK Winter Run adds two new distances for Manchester debut

THE Cancer Research UK Winter Run is coming to Manchester for the first time next month and two new distances have been added to the popular event.

On Sunday February 28, runners can take part in the usual 10km route or opt for the new shorter 5km or 2.5km distances, aimed at getting even more people involved.

The 2.5km distance invites both adults and children to take part together, making a great family day out, with one adult allowed to run for free alongside the junior.

image010These exciting new distances will give everybody the chance to experience snow-zones and hug polar bears, whilst raising funds for Cancer Research UK.

On arrival, runners and spectators will be greeted by friendly snowmen blasting a snowfall over the event village for a special wintery welcome.

On closed roads past the Etihad Stadium participants can expect plenty of winter-themed experiences throughout the race to lift the spirits no matter how chilly the weather.

Participants will pass through a Giant Snow Zone, pass a Penguin Party and finish with a hug from everyone’s favourite, the Polar Bears.

Not only will runners get a comforting Polar Bear cuddle, all finishers will also receive a stunning winter medal to mark their achievement.

image011Clive Sanders, Head of Events at Cancer Research UK, said: “Every day, nearly 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West.

“We need as many people as possible to enter the Winter Run and help give cancer the cold shoulder.

“As a New Year challenge, it’s a great opportunity for people to sign up and commit to get fit, or for more seasoned runners to boost their motivation to carry on through the cold winter months – all in aid of good cause.”

Thousands of people have already committed to take part, with limited remaining places now on general sale, with standard prices only available until Monday, February 1.

To see the full route and register for this special run head to


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