Great Manchester Run | A 10k Challenge for Team Lorimer
This past Sunday, some members of Team Lorimer took part in the 10k Great Manchester Run. Their aim was to help raise vital funds for The Fostering Network charity. They chose to run in aid of The Fostering Network as they are a charity very close to our hearts. Two young superstars also joined Team Lorimer. Claire’s daughter and one of our young people in placement!
The 10k run took place during Foster Care Fortnight, a yearly two-week campaign organised by The Fostering Network. The campaign aims to help raise awareness for the need for more foster carers. This years’ theme is #ChangeAFuture, something Lorimer know all of their foster carers strive to do for the young people living with them.
Ahead of the race Beth, our Marketing Assistant at Lorimer, said: ‘Doing the Great Manchester Run has been on my ‘bucket list’ for a while. And since joining Lorimer Fostering, I have seen more and more how vital the work that foster carers and the fostering community does can be. By raising funds for The Fostering Network, I know we are supporting a charity who do everything they can to ensure fostered children and young people have every opportunity to flourish.’
Conor said: ‘Children in foster care deserve the same opportunity as everyone else. We are taking part in the Great Manchester Run and raising funds for The Fostering Network. They make sure children’s voices are heard, and support foster carers who help to transform the lives of the young people living with them.’
GREAT MANCHESTER RUN
The city was filled with so much energy and excitement on the day of the run! The morning started with the Junior and Mini run’s, which Claire ran with her daughter and our young person in placement. The two youngsters were so proud of their achievement, as they took on the 2.5k course with ease! They crossed the finish line, collected their medals, and were ready for a cool down and some food to celebrate.
Whilst the youngsters were recovering from the run, enjoying some food and a drink to help them cool down, Beth, Claire & Conor were getting prepared for the start of their 10k! The girls thought using glitter and bright paint would help Team Lorimer stand out. So they got to work and did a great job of decorating hair, faces and arms to make sure nobody would miss Team Lorimer whilst they were completing the run!
With some time left before Team Lorimer needed to be at the starting line, they took a break in Piccadilly Gardens. The girls played in the fountains, enjoying the cold water on their skin during a hot Manchester day. Now, as their starting time was getting closer, and Beth, Claire and Conor were eagerly anticipating the start of the run.
ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET…. GO!
As each wave of runners set off, Team Lorimer got in to place and started their warm up! The trio were all ready to go, with the support of the girls cheering them on from the sideline! Their bright orange t-shirts stood out from the crowd. The face glitter and hair paint helped a little, too!
The klaxon sounded for the blue wave to set off. Just like that, Team Lorimer headed out in to the distance! The trio managed to keep up an admiral pace, running 10k with only one stop for a quick drink. The atmosphere was amazing and there were supporters cheering from the side line the whole way! Music blasted from speakers and charity supporters shouted encouragement from atop of busses! It was a unique experience, done in typical Manchester fashion!
Team Lorimer stuck together and motivated each other throughout the run. The trio reached the finish line hand in hand, in an admirable 1:04:56! We are so proud of them and their massive achievement. After the run, Beth, Conor, Claire and the girls stood and cheered on the final runners completing the race. It was a great end to an even greater day!
As a team Lorimer have managed to raise a fantastic £535 (£638 including gift aid!) for The Fostering Network charity. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated and helped us reach our goal. Your support has been vital, and we could not be more grateful!! We can & should do so much more for young people in care. It’s time to change the narrative for those young people, ensuring that they fulfil their potential and achieve their ambitions.