Shine Midnight Marathon

This blog is dedicated to making the most of the green space around you and enjoying spending time outdoors – no matter where you live. There’s a fantastic opportunity coming up in Manchester to raise some money for a great cause, whilst getting in some exercise and taking in some night time sightseeing. Shine is a night time marathon or half marathon walking event and it’s taking place on April 17th. The walk is open to men and women and is in aid of Cancer Research UK. You could power walk your way round some of Manchester’s sights, or take a leisurely stroll if that’s more your style – whatever your speed, it promises to be lots of fun with entertainment around the course.

I’m a lover of parks, so I’m happy to see the route skirting the edges of several of the city’s green spaces. My favourite of these is Whitworth Park, home of Whitworth Art Gallery.

If you’re visiting Manchester for Shine, try and sneak in a visit to the Whitworth. It’s a beautiful space with some really interesting exhibitions, it’s great for kids and the food in the cafe is absolutley delicious.

The route also heads along the outskirts of Platt Fields Park (see below), where the Platt Hall Gallery of Costume has just reopened.

The route also takes in some of Manchester’s best urban sights such as the gravity defying Beetham Tower and the Manchester Wheel.

If you’ve already entered Shine, enjoy your weekend in Manchester!

If you’re thinking of entering, take a look at the Shine website – you can even choose which area of Cancer Research UK’s work you’d like to raise funds for, or you can just raise funds for their general work. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy your walk in Manchester, and happy fundraising!

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