Great Manchester Run 2014 for Holly's Footprint

A fundraising project by Phil Chapman
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On 18th May I'll taking part in my twelfth Great Manchester Run, the annual 10K race. This year I'll be running in aid of Holly's Footprint.

Tragically our daughter's friend Holly Swainson passed away last year at the age of fifteen. Holly's Footprint was set up in her name to support a cause that was dear to her heart: music therapy for children living with a disability.

Just a few pounds can contribute towards the purchase of musical instruments, outdoor musical equipment and sessions with a professional musician.

You can find out more at http://www.hollysfootprint.com

These days, mainly due to ever-more-frequent injuries, I don't run as much as I'd like and my pace seems to get a bit slower each year. I haven't managed to run more than 7 kilometres in the past few months, so 10K will be an interesting test. However, this is a great cause and the thought of Holly's beaming smile will spur me on.

Thanks to everyone's generosity I exceeded my £250 target on Tuesday 13th May and increased it to £300 as there were still a few days to go. The new target was exceeded by the end of the week. With a day to go until the run the combination of on-line and cash sponsorship passed the £500 mark before race day.

I completed the course in 1h 2m 13s - my slowest ever 10K and nearly 15 minutes outside my fully fit time. Much more importantly my sponsorship total, including gift-aid, now stands at £605.75; thank you all so much!