Schoolboy Harley hits city streets for St Ann’s

Schoolboy Harley Stevens was slightly too young to officially take part in the Manchester Midnight Walk so he did it himself a few hours before.

By Claire Briscoe on May 24, 2022

Dad James accompanied him on the 10k route through the city centre and they were fast asleep in bed by the time hundreds of fellow walkers left Manchester Cathedral on the stroke of midnight.

The father-and-son team, from Royton, were remembering James’ mum Susan who spent three days at our hospice last August before she died of bowel and ovarian cancer, aged 60.

James said:  “The hospice staff were brilliant and so lovely. It never felt like it was an effort for them to offer that support.

“When mum died we decided we wanted to do something and make a positive out of a negative. Our family, including dad Alistair and sister Eleanor, are undertaking all sorts of challenges.”

For James that means running 60 marathons over five years. He has already completed nine and has raised more than £4,000 for various charities.

James said: “The Manchester Midnight Walk is one of our challenges. Harley needed to be 11 which is why we set off early, wearing No 1 and No 2 bibs. It was absolutely brilliant walking through the streets of Manchester. “