From Race Across the World to Great Manchester Run

Cast of popular BBC reality show take on 10K challenge 

A team of runners from the cast of popular BBC reality show, Race across the World, are taking on the Great Manchester Run on Sunday 26 September. 

Led by Season 2 winner, Emon Choudhry, the team are helping his fundraising efforts to build an orphanage in Nepal for the Charity Orphans in Need. Currently at around £19,000, the team needs to raise £100,000 to meet their goal. 

The team of 40 running at the event, includes cast, crew and and supporters including viewers favourite Jo Gardiner from Stockport. The specialist therapist at Steppinghill Hospital, is taking part after beating cancer for the third time last year. 

Emon explained, “I’ve travelled all over the world and unfortunately have seen the impact of poverty in many developing countries.

“We’re running for Orphans in Need to help build a school for disadvantaged children in Nepal.

“This is one of the biggest challenges I have set myself but raising enough funds to build a school for these children will help future generations escape poverty by offering a safe community where they can learn vital skills to improve their employment prospects for the rest of their lives.

“We’re taking on a number of races but we’re looking forward to kicking off the challenge at the Great Manchester Run. 

“I owe a lot to the city for what it has given me and although I live in Yorkshire now, my home will always be Manchester and consider myself a Manchester lad.”

Emon and his team will be joining thousands on the streets of Manchester as the run returns to the city after more than two years, due to a cancellation in 2020 and a postponement earlier this year because of the pandemic.  

Renowned for combining a fast and flat route through the centre of the city, runners can look forward to the return of the high-energy music and entertainment zones that have become synonymous with the event.  More than twenty local bands, DJs & charity cheering buses will line the course, creating a buzzing atmosphere from start to finish.  The popular Hacienda inspired music zone will also return in 2021, with Clint Boon and DJ Helen Stelling Holt among the local musical performers boosting runners along the course. 

Entries for the event are still open, so if you’d like to raise some money for a cause close to your heart or you’re just ready to experience a big city centre event again, find out more and sign up today on 

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