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The Big Push 9 – 2017 – The Big Buildup and The Big Race Report

Sunday 28 May – Great Manchester Run


I was very fortunate to be invited along to the launch event and media interviews for the 15th Great Manchester Run in March 2017. The team at Great Run have been amazing over the years in making it possible for The Big Push to be part of the event.

Getting into Manchester city centre by 10.45, getting the van parked (without leaving it somewhere liable to get towed away, or a parking ticket) was quite a feat. But at the allotted time, we had met up with one of my university buddies Pete "Slimey" and arrived at the 23rd floor of the Hilton hotel, the Beetham Tower on Deansgate, just by the finishing line for The Great Run.
The TV cameras and media were already there, along with many old faces from the organisers, and Olympic 2012 long jump champion, Greg Rutherford was the special guest.
Fatty was quickly decked out in his Big Push shirt, and finishers medals from previous years, along with a special race number 2008. There was a crowd of people to represent every past year of the event. Loads of pictures were taken with a great big banner, and everyone lined up in the order of years from the very start. Conveniently, this meant that Fatty was just about dead centre, where he could hog the limelight, and of course get his fat face in all the pictures!  
He also managed to feature on the TV news that evening, and get a half page in the local paper as well as the Manchester evening News. He was also seen chatting with Greg (probably boring the pants off him) for quite awhile. – Greg very patiently stayed around to have photos taken with pretty much everyone.
So the stage is now set for "Big Push 9" – time to get into training.

This year the team have decided to split our fundraising between 2 charities, both very close to home. Aspire is a charity dedicated to helping those with spinal cord injury live as independently as possible, if necessary with the aid of assistive technology. They provided me with huge support so that I can access my computer, the Internet etc without any assistance from my PA/carer.  http://www.aspire.org.uk/   I have been invited to be after-dinner speaker for Aspire at their sports quiz dinner in London this year, having previously been to the one in Manchester a couple of years ago.
  The Joshua Tree was established in Cheshire, by Josh's parents, to provide short breaks and support in the Cheshire countryside to families of children who have battled with cancer or other immune-suppressing illnesses.  Josh was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2004 when he was only 5 years old.    Now an active teenager, I had the pleasure of meeting him, and his family, when we were both involved with the Olympic torch relay in 2012, they really are a truly inspirational team. The Joshua Tree:    http://www.thejoshuatree.org.uk/Home.aspx   

Please visit the team fundraising page at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Fattysbigpush9