On Sunday 19 May, I took part in the Great Manchester Run 10km. I entered this race two years ago and wanted to take part again. I was in the orange start and the organisation was fantastic. Prior to the start, I was interviewed by the BBC who asked me various questions as to why I was there and if I was running for a charity etc. As I had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, I mentioned that I had the all clear in the February and I wanted to run for all those fighting this terrible disease. I never thought it would be shown on the television on the highlights that evening. We set off in waves and this race is the largest 10km in Europe and there were over 30,000 runners competing in the half marathon, junior races and 10km race that day. It is a great course, going down Deansgate in the centre of Manchester, Old Trafford (passing the football club), and Bridgewater Way and Chester Road. The entertainment was fantastic and really kept me going and had music zones, bands, choirs, musicians etc. all the way round. Besides the allocated water stops, there were two shower mists which you ran though, which was great!. The supporters were fabulous – cheering me on and shouting my name at every corner and along every road. Although I did not achieve a PB, I did knock nearly 2 minutes off from when I did the race 2 years ago, so I was well pleased. It is a really enjoyable race and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have even entered to compete

Helen Ganson56.49