On the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena Bombing I created a large scale We Love Manchester art piece. I ran a 67 mile long route making a #WeLoveManchester heart across the city, 8 miles high and 8 miles wide. The attack was sickening but I found our city's response to it inspiring and hopeful. I was just trying to capture a small part of that a year on.
If you feel inspired please donate to the North West Air Ambulance
It took over 18 hours to run the 67 mile line to create the letters MCR and the heart. The route snaked through Manchester, Trafford, Salford, and Stockport stopping outside of some of the the A&E departments where the wounded were treated a year ago, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe, and Salford Royal Hospital. I also visited Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium, Manchester City Centre, The Trafford Centre, and had lunch at the Bowling Green Pub in Chorlton.
We also stopped at Manchester Arena at around 11.30pm, an hour later than expected as I was trying to mark the time a year on from the attack. But we took some time to reflect when we arrived then pushed on for the last section and finished around 1.30am.
I am a member of the Chorlton Runners. Thank you to everyone in the club who has offered their support on this and all my other projects, I couldn't do it without you!
If you do feel inspired please donate to the North West Air Ambulance using this page. It's a great charity which responds to medical emergencies year round.
I'm going to be sharing loads more on the following social media accounts:
You can also share my progress and send messages to me while I run using the hashtag #HeartMCRrun.
A couple of short videos of my run are on my youtube channel: http://bit.ly/SeeYouAtTheFinishLine
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