ENGIE energises the community at Great Manchester Run
Over 30,000 runners and 60,000 spectators took to the streets of Manchester on Sunday 19th May to take part in the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run. Featuring Europe’s biggest 10k and now incorporating a half marathon, runners ranged from world-class athletes to fundraising families.
Manchester is synonymous with music, and a key part of the day’s entertainment was the Bands on the Run programme, with regular music zones across the route featuring live bands, local DJs and cheering points.
As an official sponsor of the Great Run Series, we were excited to be contributing to this and hosting our first on-course ENGIE Cheer Zone, which featured live music from local musicians. For an extra boost of support and encouragement, fans cheering from the side-lines were given recyclable powerboards to write their own unique inspiring messages to motivate runners to keep going.
The event village was host to our solar powered phone charging station, offering renewable energy to re-power mobile phones, and also saw the debut of Eddi, the ENGIE mascot, who attracted mass attention from runners and spectators alike.
38 ENGIE staff took part in the event, raising over £6,500 for the company’s chosen charities- – Macmillan, Mind & The Princes Trust. Some runners completed the course as individuals, whilst others took to the field in three Business Challenge teams, with customers from Community Windpower joining one of the teams.
ENGIE has a strong presence in the Manchester area, maintaining Council buildings across the region, looking after non-medical services at nine hospitals and helping local industry to deliver savings of over 15,000 tonnes of co2. The company has also improved the energy efficiency of thousands of homes in the area - saving people money and also helping the environment.
ENGIE’s 30-year involvement with the area illustrates how the company works with communities to transform neighbourhoods, create more sustainable places and make businesses & buildings smarter – all designed to embrace a more efficient and lower carbon world.
Read more about ENGIE's sponsorship with the Great Run series here