10th BIRTHDAY celebrations kicked off in style at the weekend when a band of runners joined together for Team 10 at the Great Manchester Run.

The team, who all have very special motivations for being part of the group, were part of the first public event to mark 10 years since Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital opened in Oxford Road.

One runner represented each year Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital has existed at its home in Oxford Road – from 2009 to the present day.

Team 10 members came from across the UK to join together for a commemorative photograph before the race, each holding a placard with their year written on, before heading off to complete the 10K with friends, family and loved ones.

Each member had a special motivation for wanting to be in Team 10 and raise money for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity – some are parents of former patients, some are still caring for someone undergoing treatment, while others were once patients themselves.

The charity’s Senior Events Manager, Viv Williamson, said:

“Team 10 is a very special group of people who hold both the hospital and our charity close to their hearts.

“We’re so proud of everyone who took part in Team 10 – they were amazing throughout the entire day.

“Team 10 formed a real bond before the race, so to see them all together at the start-line was an image that will stay with me for a long time.

“We’re so grateful to everyone for their outstanding efforts on Sunday. Well done everyone.”

The 2009 representative was Adam Lane, 30, from Stockport, who ran in honour of his son Harley. Harley lost all his limbs to meningitis when he became ill in 2009. Representing 2019 was Andy Sykes, from Ashton-under-Lyne, whose daughter Pixie-Belle is currently undergoing chemotherapy for a rare brain tumour.

A full list of participants is listed below.

2009 – Adam Lane – details above.

2010 – Michelle Whalley – running in honour of son Charlie, who was treated for severe burns in 2010.

2011 – Nicola Geldard – mother of Oliver Geldard, born 2011, who is being treated for severe kyphoscoliosis.

2012 – Brooke Taylor – Brooke has been a hospital patient since she was a baby and will represent the year she met the Queen when Her Royal Highness officially opened RMCH.

2013 – Declan McEntee – Declan is also a patient and started a fundraising drive for the RMCH Charity in 2013 called Declan’s Decathlon.

2014 – Joe Rigby – brother of Danielle Rigby, who was treated in 2014 after being hit by a car.

2015 – Hannah Barston – her brother Zac, a former patient of RMCH, sadly passed away in 2015.

2016 – Ian Cubbin – Ian’s son Josh opened the Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run back in 2016. Josh was formerly a patient of Ward 84, after being diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma.

2017 – Nick Lewis – Nick’s daughter Freya is a Manchester Arena bombing survivor.

2018 – Mark Willett – Mark’s son Jacob was diagnosed with (Embryonal) Rhabdomyosarcoma of the pelvis in February 2018.

2019 – Andy Sykes – Andy’s six-year-old daughter has a rare brain tumour and is currently being treated with weekly chemotherapy appointments.

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust had 658 entrants in Team MFT. Running in support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity and Manchester Foundation Trust Charity were 81 half marathon participants, 576 10K runners and 80 Mini and Junior entrants.

To find out more about supporting Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk