Take on a challenge

Our challenge fundraising heroes make our programmes possible by running, wheeling, walking, swimming and raising vital funds for our community. Taking on a challenge for Manchester Cares is the perfect way to push yourself, have fun and make a huge difference.

By taking on a challenge for Manchester Cares, you’ll get:

  • A reduced registration fee for most events
  • All of the admin is taken care of - so you can focus on training!
  • Support from our friendly team every step of the way, and tips and resources to reach your fundraising goal
  • A free Manchester Cares t-shirt and pin badge
  • The opportunity to meet and train with other fundraisers taking on the challenge for us
  • Personalised updates on the difference you’ve made to older and younger neighbours across Manchester

Below are some of the main events team Manchester Cares are taking on this year. 

If you have questions about fundraising targets, deadlines or anything else challenge fundraising, check out our FAQs page or get in touch with Isabel at [email protected]

Struggling to see a challenge to match your vibe? We have access to spots in hundreds of events across the North West and elsewhere via Run for Charity. See what’s on offer here and get in touch to book your spot. Or, if you’d like to take on a different challenge or create your own, we’d love to hear from you! Just send Isabel an email to [email protected].

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2021 Manchester Santa Run in Heaton Park

What: 5k fun run

When: Sunday, 5th December 2021

Where: Heaton Park 

Fundraising target: £100 per person (£75 if you're part of a 5+ team!)

Registration fee: FREE

Put on your Santa hat and beard and feel festive for this 5k fun run through Heaton Park. The perfect route for those new running, or those seeking Christmas cheer, and that well deserved post-run mulled wine.

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Manchester Marathon

When: 3rd April 2022

Where: Starting in Old Trafford

Registration: £30

Minimum Fundraising Target: £500

For more info: https://www.manchestermarathon.co.uk/home/ 

The Manchester Marathon is one of the UK’s premier running events, famous for its fast, flat and friendly route.

They pride themselves on welcoming all to take on their 26.2 mile challenge, from some of the world’s greatest elite runners, to those who thought completing a marathon would never be possible. Many regular runners find this the ideal event to get a personal best time, whilst everybody finds the incredible Mancunian support throughout the course unforgettable.

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Manchester Half Marathon

When: 2022 (date TBC)

Where: Starting in Old Trafford

Registration: £15

Minimum Fundraising Target: £250

For more info: https://www.manchesterhalfmara...

The Manchester Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile challenge that takes place every October, starting and finishing by Old Trafford, and is easily the biggest in the region with over 15,000 runners.

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Great Manchester Run

When: 15th May 2022

Where: Starting in the City Centre

Registration: £20 (10K or Half Marathon)

Minimum Fundraising Target: £175 for the 10k, £250 for the half marathon

For more info: https://www.greatrun.org/event... 

The Great Manchester Run is one of the city's most iconic races. Starting in the heart of the city, runners soak up the buzzing atmosphere and booming Manc anthems all the way to the finish line in Deansgate.

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Peak District Ultra Challenge

When: 9th-10th July 2022

Where: Bakewell

Registration and fundraising targets: 

  • 100K Full Challenge: £30 registration, £595 fundraising target
  • 50K Half Challenge: £20 registration, £395 fundraising target
  • 25K Quarter Challenge: £10 registration, £250 fundraising target

For more info: https://www.ultrachallenge.com...

***To finalise your registration, please note you will need to pay your registration fees directly to the event's organisers, Ultra Challenge.***

Enjoy a challenge in the amazing Peak District. You can walk, jog or run for 25km, 50km, or 100km in fully supported routes across the idyllic country side.

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Couldn't find the challenge you're looking for? You can fundraise for use in multiple local and national events throughout the year. 

Head over to our Run for Charity profile and browse through the available events, such as the Heaton Park (virtual, 10k or 5k runs), Tatton Park half marathon, Run Media City, virtual challenges and many more!

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Alternatively, if you're already signed up to a challenge, please consider fundraising in aid of Manchester Cares. 

Let Isabel know and she can help you reach your fundraising goal!

Want to share our available events with your colleagues, friends or family? Download our headline events calendar here.

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