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Olivia in Great Manchester Run for meningitis research

Olivia Clarkson, who ran in the Bupa Great Manchester run in memory of best friend Dannielle Catterall. (s)

Olivia Clarkson, who ran in the Bupa Great Manchester run in memory of best friend Dannielle Catterall. (s)

Booth’s supermarket employee Olivia Clarkson was one of the nearly 40,000 runners who took on the Bupa Great Manchester Run on Sunday.

Olivia (21), of Chatburn, was inspired to run to raise money for meningitis research in memory of her best friend Dannielle Catterall, who lost her life to the condition aged just 17. She has raised over £1,350 to date.

Olivia, who is undertaking a criminology and criminal justice degree at the University Centre, Blackburn College commented: “I managed to raise over £300 standing with my collection box and wearing my running clothes at Booth’s where I work and the rest was kindly donated by family and friends. Meningitis research is a cause very close to my heart after I lost my best friend, so I’m really happy to have managed to raise so much to donate to such a brilliant cause.”

The many runners from Clitheroe who took part in this year’s Great Manchester Run had to contend with temperatures of around 22 degrees celcius which saw some runners hospitalised with heat exhaustion.

Olivia continued: “It was very warm, but I’d trained really hard and had lots of water. I completed the run in 1 hour and nine minutes, a time which I was really pleased with and the atmosphere was just amazing. It was definitely the best experience of my life so far.”

Organisers of the race, which is now Europe’s biggest 10km run and was started as a legacy event after the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, said around £22m .has been raised since the first run in 2003.

 

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