Isle Listen and The Children’s Centre | The inaugural charitable Great Manx Run bringing communities together on 9th April 2022 | Jan 2022

Isle Listen and The Children’s Centre, have released details of a joint initiative to host a large-scale community running event called The Great Manx Run, generously supported by Manx Gas.

Date: Wednesday 19 January 2022

With the specific aim of bringing communities together, the organisers are inviting any Manx charity, club or association (sporting or not) to get involved and encourage their supporters to participate in the event and raise funds for their chosen local cause. The event organisers are keen to celebrate the inclusivity of the Isle of Man by bringing together all sorts of causes close to our hearts.

Joff Whitten, Head of The Children’s Centre, said: ‘We’re only a team of 23 staff at The Children’s Centre, yet one of our key fundraising activities is challenge events for the whole island. We felt we could offer this experience to help other organisations to join in and raise funds. We are also very committed to being a collaborative organisation, which enables us to support as many people as we can. Collaboration is important to us as working with children, young people and families to help them achieve their potential is what we do and this is only possible through working together; with schools, with other charities and within the families themselves.’The event will take place on 9th April 2022 and will be open to runners of all abilities wishing to take part and run a choice of 1 mile fun run, a relay (with a team of four each running just over 6 miles), a half-marathon or a full marathon.

Thanks to the generous support of Manx Gas, 100% of the participants’ entry fees will be divided between the local causes registered and involved in the event. Sarah Jarvis, Head of Marketing at Manx Gas, said: “Manx Gas are very excited to support this inaugural event which will bring together our amazing Manx community to raise much-needed funds for their chosen local cause, after what has been a difficult couple of years due to the global pandemic. We would encourage everyone to get in involved, whatever your age or fitness level: there really will be something for everyone!”

Isle Listen’s Head of Marketing, Symon Walmsley, added: “We are very aware of the benefits of exercise linked to positive mental wellbeing. Many people tell us that they find it very beneficial having a challenge to work towards to encourage them to get out and exercise during the darker, winter months which in turn has a positive impact on their mental health. Also, the act of giving, by way of fundraising for a good cause, is very powerful in boosting your mood. Therefore, no matter which local charity, club or association each runner decides to support, we hope that by bringing our community together in this way will boost people’s mental and, of course, their physical health”.

If you represent a Manx charity, club or association and would like to be involved with the event, please register interest at www.greatmanxrun.im.

If you are interested in entering the event, more information will follow in the New Year. In the meantime, the charities are asking participants to save the date in their diaries.