Oli’s Great Manchester Run Blog

Read all about why Dementia UK runner and staff member Olivia loves the Great Manchester Run, and why she’s signed up again!

I went to university in Manchester and lived there for a few years, so although I now live in London I still have strong ties there and feel like Manchester is home. I have also worked at Dementia UK for over a year now, and I have seen first-hand the amazing work that our Admiral Nurses do and how much the families that they support value them. I felt that the time was right for me to show my support for them too, by taking on a half marathon.

The training was challenging but I stuck at it and before I knew it I was on the start line in my Dementia UK running vest, full of nervous anticipation.

It was a very emotional day for lots of reasons, in particular because it was in the aftermath of the attack at Manchester Arena which happened only the week before. I was really proud to be one of thousands of people pounding the streets, and the support around the course was amazing.

Seeing the Dementia UK cheer point during the run was the perfect pick-me-up, just past half way when I was beginning to flag and really needed some encouragement!

Crossing the finish line was quite a surreal moment. It took a while to sink in that I had actually done it!

After the run I went to the Dementia UK event marquee. It was lovely to speak to the Dementia UK team, and to meet some of the other runners who had also completed the run in aid of Dementia UK and Admiral Nurses.

I enjoyed my experience so much that I’ve decided to enter the half marathon again this year, giving myself the challenge to improve on my finishing time!

Feeling inspired by Oli’s story? You can sign up for the Great Manchester Run here, or take a look at our other challenge events.