Focus Insolvency Group raises £660 for Manchester Mind (and counting!)

On Sunday 22nd May, five of Focus’ team completed the Great Manchester Run on behalf of Manchester Mind. Anthony Pendleton, Andy Platt, Michelle Fielding, Rachel Cooke and Philip Cooke braved the rather changeable weather conditions to complete the 10k distance.

Three-time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele won the men’s race, finishing the course in a time of 28 minutes and eight seconds. Fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba finished in 31 minutes and 16 seconds, winning the women’s race. Richard Goodman and Gemma Steel were the highest-placed Britons, finishing in sixth and eighth respectively. Approximately 35,000 amateur runners also took part in Europe’s biggest 10k road race.

Our team of runners have so far raised £660 through their fundraising efforts, plus £133.50 in Gift Aid. The money will be donated to Manchester Mind, who provide free and impartial advice on welfare benefits, housing and debt to people with mental health needs living in Manchester. This can include helping with forms, sorting out problems with benefits, helping to challenge and appeal decisions and sorting out personal finances.

Anthony said “This is my first ever road race, and I am surprised how much I enjoyed it. I used to run cross-country for my school as a kid, but unfortunately an operation put a halt to that. The Great Manchester Run gave me a good excuse to get back into shape; it’s nice to know I’m not ready for the scrap heap just yet!”

There’s still time to sponsor us if you wish to congratulate our team for their efforts, and support the fantastic work of Manchester Mind. There are numerous ways you can donate:

  • Via our JustGiving page;
  • Texting “FOCU51 £*” to 70070, changing the * to the amount you wish to donate; or finally
  • Contact Andy Platt on 0161 214 7913 or email if you wish to donate in any other way.

For see more photos of the day, please visit our photo album on facebook. You can also watch highlights of the race on BBC iPlayer.