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Half Marathon for Special Effect - Race Report

Posted by: Liz Prince

Over the last Bank Holiday weekend in May, the brave runners from Team Amiqus proudly completed the Great Manchester Half Marathon for Special Effect.

The race came at the end of a difficult week for Manchester, but our boys were honoured to stand together with a city united. "A big high was the fact the victims of the recent attacks were remembered and the police and emergency services were applauded. It made for a thoughtful but positive, almost defiant feeling to the race" said Alan. "Everyone was singing ‘Don’t look back in Anger’ at the start line which was emotional and that spurred everyone on" said Will.

So how was it? "Great! We loved it" says Alan. "I was pleased with my performance, I did the run in 1:43, and I don't think I could have done it faster on the training I did, I really gave it my all! I was aiming for 1:45, so beat that and it was a PB. I've learned that training really works, put in the time and effort and you will reap the gains". Will agrees; "I used to make excuses as to why I couldn’t run such as I had a drink the night before or I was too tired, or I could be spending that time playing video games. It gave me something to strive for and I’m looking to book another one soon". Will aims even higher for his next race; "looking back at my split times I was getting slower and slower. I would have liked to shave off a few minutes but hey there’s always next time!" Liam and Lee were also delighted and proud to finish the 13.1 miles, so a 100% result from Team Amiqus will no doubt herald more cakes in the office. Liam has already booked his next challenge at the English Half Marathon in Warrington.

Was there anywhere that you had to dig particularly deep? "Definitely running past Old Trafford" says Will, "being a massive Liverpool fan, this was the worst 2 mins of my life". Will's just kidding of course.

"We were honoured to dedicate the run to Special Effect" - Alan


For the Amiqus lads the day was all about raising money for Special Effect. The charity use innovative interactive solutions to help people with all kinds of disabilities to enjoy something many of us take for granted, to play games. "We're thrilled to have over-done our original target of £600 and we're well on the way to £1k" Lee told me. "We'd love to hit the one thousand mark and we'd ask for one last push toward this so even a pound or two or whatever you can give would be amazing".

"It was a pleasure running for Special Effect and nice seeing Tom (Donegan) cheering us on. We know that money is going to a great cause and we hope more people donate now that we’ve finished the event. It’s never too late!" declares Will. Donate here to help their work continue.

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