Staff at the Nicky Clarke hair salon are getting in trim for the Morrisons Great Manchester Run in support of a colleague.
Long-serving stylist Steven Noble is undergoing treatment for cancer of the lymphoma so a dozen staff at the Spinningfields salon aim to raise £2,000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
The idea of taking part in the 10k Run on Sunday, May 10, came from advanced designer Roisin Dooley, from Sale.
The keen runner said: "We want to show that we're all behind Steven during this difficult time for him and a lot of our clients have also been very supportive with gifts and cards.
"It's the first time Nicky Clarke has entered a team in the Manchester Run, though I took part a couple of years ago and it was such a great atmosphere."
More than 160 firms and organisations, represented by almost 3,000 runners, have entered the Business Challenge, an element of the Run for companies of different sizes.
They are among a field of up to 40,000 in Europe's biggest 10k event. Organisers are advising runners that the first wave of runners will set off at 11.30 am, an hour later than previous years.
David Hart, Communications Director at organisers Nova International, said: "The Business Challenge has captured the imagination of the corporate sector and promotes team spirit. Demand for places is high and we'd urge groups and individuals to enter as soon as possible."
Prizes are awarded to small, medium and large companies in the Business Challenge. Many firms enter more than one team with a minimum of four runners and a maximum of eight in each team.
There are men's, women's and mixed categories with the first four athletes counting. A small company is fewer than 50 employees; medium 51-249 and large is more than 250.
To enter go to www.greatrun.org/Manchester
To donate to Nicky Clarke's team go to www.justgiving.com/nickyclarke15/