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Some of the Atmos runners with their medals
Posted: 21 Jun, 2019

Atmos runners achieve accolade for impressive Great Manchester Run

Each year runners from Atmos International set themselves a double challenge. One, to raise as much money as they can for charity and two, achieve the fastest times possible. This year they have done both.

The Atmos International team has participated in the Great Manchester Run for over ten years with some taking part in the half-marathon and others completing the 10 km race. Each year they’ve asked their peers for suggestions for which cause they should support. Many of these have been local charities including The Christie and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Often these choices are reflective of personal challenges colleagues and their families have gone through. For one colleague, the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH) helped to provide the best possible care and outcome for their newborn child. For others, it has been the work of one of Europe’s leading cancer care hospital, The Christie.

Local support

Despite Atmos growing substantially, its heart has and soul remains in Manchester. The head office, located in Didsbury, is just down the road from The Christie site and only a few miles from RMCH. This year colleagues were asked which charity or cause they’d like the runners to support. After several suggestions, Kidneys for Life were chosen.

The charity based at Manchester Royal Infirmary supports research into the causes of kidney failure, treatment options and development into successful kidney transplantation. Nearly a quarter of a million people are affected by kidney disease in various forms. Often the disease is not diagnosed until end-stage which is a time when life-saving dialysis is required. With an annual cost to the NHS of £1.2bn (approximately 2% of the NHS budget)

Personal level

One of Atmos’ employees, Will Stone, has first-hand experience of renal disease. “Many people don’t know I have had any kidney problems. It’s a relatively hidden disease. Luckily for me, I had a successful transplant nearly 21 years ago, which has helped me avoid a life of daily and grueling dialysis sessions. It sadly wasn’t my first which was donated by my father and failed very quickly.

 “Kidneys for Life do amazing work to support research into renal disease and transplantation. Hopefully, they can help ensure to extend the lifetime of those kidneys. The money raised will go to support research, medical training and patients in need. I’m truly humbled that the team has selected the charity this year.

The results are in

The start of race day was cool and cloudy, ideal for the half-marathon runners. The sun made a rare appearance and for the 10 km runners, it was a warmer experience. More than 30,000 people participated. The 10 km runners finished in 6th place for the mixed team with a total time of 3:23:37 and 26th for the male team with a time of 3:48:12.

Business challenge achievement

The half marathon runners finished first overall for the medium-sized business category, with a time of 7:01:42.

David Bisby, Principal Engineer, said: “We’re delighted to win the Business Challenge this year. We always aim to place well but despite a smaller team, we achieved some great results.  “Knowing we can also give back to charity keeps us motivated. We’re already thinking about next year and growing the team of Atmos Runners.” 

Donations are still being accepted and you can support the Atmos Runners and Kidneys for Life here:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/atmosrunners2019

To learn about the work of Kidneys for Life click here