Our very own superheroes Meg Daintith and Liam Durkan will be running the Great Manchester 10k this Sunday for games charity Special Effect.
In their own words, SpecialEffect “put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games”. Meg and Liam are right behind this sentiment;- “games are for everyone” says Liam. “Inclusion is a key part of this fantastic industry because we all believe everyone should be able to play” adds Meg.
Manchester’s event is part of the famous Great Run family and there will be a mind-boggling 40,000 entrants covering the 10k city centre route this Sunday. So how about the pre-race nerves? “It’s much more organised than the St Helens 10k” Liam observes (with no hint of irony) “I’ll be carbo-loading up on pasta Saturday night, just to make sure I’ve got the energy to get back up Deansgate” he jokes. Seriously though, Liam has been putting in extra training to improve on his 10k PB set earlier this year;- ”I want to do Special Effect proud so if I can smash a PB for them on Sunday I’ll be chuffed with that”. Amiqus veteran of 11 years Meg meanwhile is newer to running and will be happy to get round in one piece;- “SpecialEffect are my inspiration for Sunday but I’ll also be rewarding myself with cake” she says.
SpecialEffect are a hugely proactive charity with a stack of diverse and challenging events to support or take part in. The Ultra Challenge Series is next up at the end of May. Have a look at more events coming up here.
Finally, check out this lovely story from young Ceyda aged nearly 9. Ceyda has cerebral palsy and finds using hand controls very difficult but with thanks to SpecialEffect she has recently been able to declare “I’m now a gamer!”. It’s stories like hers that make SpecialEffect so worthwhile.