On 12th April 2018 several members of the Dreamr team pledged to complete the upcoming 10km Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run.
One of the core values shared by all at Dreamr is giving back to the community that has created, shaped, and formed us all. So as part of our pledge, we decided to dedicate our run to the fantastic Booth Centre, a Manchester charity dedicated to bringing positive change to the lives of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They do this by providing the environment and opportunities to up-skill and allow the homeless to rediscover their confidence so that they can get back on their feet.
So Ben (an occasional, but in no way experienced, runner), Matt (what is running?), and Sean (how hard can it be?) began their training and fundraising. Fast forward just over a month to the morning of race day on Sunday 20th May, and all three Dreamrs were nervously awaiting their call to the starting line.
By this point Ben had completed some 10km training runs, with his fastest (and toughest) coming in at just over 55 minutes. Matt and Sean had managed to complete close to the full distance in the last few days prior to the event.
Even though we all knew deep down that we would be fine, the self-imposed pressure started to rise, especially since we had all been so successful in our fundraising goals.
However, just before each 10km wave set off, the entire city would drop into a complete silence to respect the victims of the terror attack almost one year prior. This was mesmerisingly followed by Oasis’ Don’t Look Back in Anger broadcast over the loudspeakers and thousands of people singing in unison. It was at this point that all our feelings of pressure quickly turned to the feeling of overwhelming support.
We were quickly reminded of why we were doing this. Manchester is not just a city, it is its people. A community that dares, cares, and loves to give back. We are one Manchester. Seeing everybody running for their own reasons, but also running for Manchester and its community was equally profound as it was inspirational.
Currently, the Dreamr team has managed to exceed all their expectations in themselves, and in their funding goals with a running total of £1190 raised for the Booth Centre (and counting)!
Whilst Sean is a true Mancunian, Ben and Matt have only been in Manchester for a few months, and never have they been prouder of the place they now call home. Thank you so much for your support in this new challenge. We couldn’t have done it without you!
If you want to still pledge money to our causes you can still donate to the Booth Centre for this event through our JustGiving pages linked below up until Friday, or directly to the Booth Centre.