A marathon fundraising effort by The Children’s Centre has received the backing of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.


The charity, which develops, manages and pioneers initiatives and services for children, young people and families, is planning to take a team of 11 runners to compete in the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon on 10th April.


Each runner is to pay £135 for travel, marathon entry fee and accommodation, as well as committing to raising a minimum of £300 for The Children’s Centre. The Steam Packet Company is helping by giving reduced travel rates to all those who sign up with the charity.


Endurance Events Fundraiser at The Children’s Centre Lisa Motley, an experienced ultra-distance runner and a qualified sports massage therapist, is organising the trip.


She said: ‘We organised a trip to the 2015 Greater Manchester Marathon with eight runners raising £3,500 for The Children’s Centre. They had a great experience and we’re expecting the 2016 trip to be popular too, so I would urge anyone who is interested to sign up as soon as possible.


‘Everyone who runs for The Children’s Centre will benefit from the support and encouragement of our vastly experienced events team. We can give advice on training, diet, and injury prevention as well as tips on fundraising – so everyone who joins us can be sure that they will have the very best preparation for the marathon. I’ll also be there on the day of the race to help everyone achieve their goals.’


She added: ‘We’d like to thank the Steam Packet Company for once again supporting The Children’s Centre by assisting with the cost of travel to and from the UK for the marathon, helping to keep down the cost of taking part for everyone who signs up.’


The Asics Greater Manchester Marathon starts and finishes near Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium and will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. Last year a field of more than 7,000 runners, ranging from charity fundraisers to elite athletes, took part.


Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘The Children’s Centre does a tremendous amount of very important work with young people in the Isle of Man, and works tirelessly to raise money to fund its initiatives and services. We always try to help where we can, and we are delighted to be able to assist with the cost of travel for the Manchester Marathon, which will hopefully encourage more people to take part.’


Image Courtesy of Asics Greater Manchester Marathon