Manchester Marathon 2025

Join #TeamStAnns for the adidas Manchester Marathon, the UK’s second largest marathon and one of Europe’s largest on Sunday 27th April 2025! This is an iconic event drawing participants from all over the world to the vibrant streets of Greater Manchester.  2024 saw a record-breaking 32,000 people sign up to take on the challenge and 2025 is set to be the biggest year yet!

Whether you’re an experienced marathoner or a first-timer, this is your chance to make a difference.

Imagine the thrill of running through the streets of Manchester, cheered on by thousands, while wearing your #TeamStAnn’s vest with pride. Known for its famous flat route and incredible atmosphere, this marathon is perfect for achieving personal bests and enjoying a memorable race day experience.

Run in memory of a loved one, for a personal challenge, or simply to support the compassionate care we provide at St Ann’s Hospice. Every mile you conquer helps us continue to offer essential support to our patients and their families.

Charity places

For 2025, we have a number of discounted charity places costing £25 available for marathon runners to claim. Every mile run and pound raised for St Ann’s will make an incredible impact on the services we are able to provide to local people affected by life-limiting illnesses. 

If you claim a discounted place, we ask that you aim to raise a minimum of £400.

What you get

Join #TeamStAnns and you’ll get loads of perks, including:

  • A #TeamStAnns running vest
  • A fundraising pack with fun ideas and tips
  • Training plans to prepare you for the race
  • Temporary tattoos to decorate yourself with for the run
  • A friendly events team who support you all the way and cheer you on during the race!

Already have your own place?

If you have your own place but you want to run for #TeamStAnns, you can! Please complete the form below and you will still receive all the benefits of joining #TeamStAnns, including your fundraising pack and access to our post-event drinks reception. Thank you for supporting St Ann’s.

Setting up your fundraising page

You can fundraise straight away by setting up your JustGiving page here, whether you have your own place in the race or one of our charity places.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, get in touch with our friendly Events Team on events@sah.org.uk or 0161 498 3631.

 

Salford Triathlon 2024

Could you take on the Salford Triathlon or Aquabike for St Ann’s Hospice?

We are honoured that this year’s Salford Triathlon and Aquabike event is supporting St Ann’s and we’re encouraging supporters who love a challenge to get involved in what promises to be a fantastic event.

It offers athletes of all abilities top class racing on fast, flat courses around the bustling MediaCityUK, Salford Quays.

The Triathlon involves a swim, bike and run in that order and the Aquabike is a swim and bike but no run. Something for everyone!

For more information and to sign up for the event check out the Triathlon’s website here 

Once you’ve signed up you can set up your JustGiving fundraising page to support St Ann’s here 

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with our friendly events team by emailing events@sah.org.uk or calling us on 0161 498 3631.

Sahara Trek

The Challenge

This long-weekend charity challenge takes you on a trek across the ever-changing landscape of one of the world’s largest deserts – the Sahara! The adventure will take you on a climb to the top of the enormous Chigaga Dunes where you’ll witness the sunrise over the desert. The days will be hot and the trekking will get tough but with the team’s unrivalled support plus the dramatic backdrop of the Anti-Atlas Mountains to keep everyone going, the sense of achievement you’ll feel as you complete the trek will be worth all the hard work!

Duration: 6 days, 4 of which are trekking

Distance: 36-48km

Fitness: The trek is graded as challenging but achievable with training beforehand. A training guide will be provided on sign up.

What you get

Sign up with #TeamStAnns for your trek experience including loads of fantastic perks!

  • A friendly Events Team who will support you every step of the way
  • A #TeamStAnns t-shirt and Build it Together buff
  • Pre-event and post-event meetup and supportive group chat with your fellow trekkers
  • A fundraising pack with ideas and tips, and materials like balloons, collection buckets and banners
  • Return flights from a London airport to Marrakech
  • All accommodation
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6
  • Luggage transfers
  • Local English-speaking guide(s)
  • Trek leader from the UK
  • Comprehensive first aid/medical kit
  • Tents and other camping equipment
  • Challenge Medal
  • Helping to build our new hospice to provide specialist care and loving support to people in Greater Manchester, for generations to come

Cost

Registration Fee (due on sign up): £199

Option A: Minimum Sponsorship: £2,140

Option B: Self-Funding: £1,070

Terms and conditions apply, which will be available on registering your interest.

By fundraising for this challenge in aid of our Build it Together new hospice appeal, you’ll ensure St Ann’s is here for local people affected by life-limiting illness, now and in the future. Register your interest now by completing the form below.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Depart UK
    We depart the UK for our flight to Morocco and upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel in Ouarzazate. South of the High Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate is a town created by the French in 1928 but is now the film centre of Morocco – the base for such films as ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Alexander the Great’. As a relatively new town it does not have a city centre, but has a large Glaoui Kasbah which is well worth visiting. We have an early start in the morning so an early night is recommended!
  • Day 2 – M’Hamid to Bougharn Dunes
    Following a very early breakfast, we transfer from our hotel and set off for the desert. Our driving route goes along the Draa Valley – a long, stunning palm filled oasis with rocky mountains and Hamada (rock desert) on each side. After approximately 4 hours drive (discounting photo and tea stops and our lunch at Ouled Driss) we arrive at M’hamid – the gateway of the desert. We’ll then don our trekking boots before setting off into the dunes for the beginning of our challenge! To get us into the spirit of trekking in the desert we will have a short trek of about 2-3 hours today which will finish at our camp in the Bougharn Dunes.
    Trekking distance – approx. 4 – 8km / 2 – 3 hours
  • Day 3 – Bougharn Dunes to Chigaga Dunes
    Today we set off with our camel trains and begin trekking through the dunes – there is no path to follow as they continually change in the wind. Our camels will find the best way through the dunes and in the event of a sandstorm we can protect ourselves by wearing a Seche (headscarf ). This is part of the traditional costume worn by the nomadic Tuaregs that covers the face, ears and neck and provides protection from the wind-driven sand – they are also ours to keep as souvenirs from our challenge. Towards the end of our trek, we’ll try and find the nomads’ encampment and pay a visit to experience their unique way of life – they are very hospitable people and we may be asked to partake in a strong cup of mint tea or coffee. Tonight’s camp is at the foot of the stunning Chigaga Dunes.
    Trekking distance – approx. 14 – 18km / 6 – 7 hours
  • Day 4 – Chigaga Dunes to Erg Aghoual
    A very early start today before the sun rises – after waking, we’ll have a very quick snack and then commence our climb up to the top of the Chigaga Dunes (100m). Our climb will be in the dark, but the moon and stars should be enough to light our way. Upon reaching the top, we’ll rest and wait for the sunrise over the Sahara, then watch the colours of the dunes change in the sunlight – a truly breathtaking sight! After watching the sunrise, we descend in the heat of the morning sun back to our camp, where we will have our breakfast. After a short rest, we push on with our desert challenge towards our camp at Erg Arghoual which is around 7 hours away on foot.
    Trekking distance – approx. 14 – 18km/7 – 8hrs
  • Day 5 – Erg Aghoual to Ouarzatate
    Following breakfast at camp, we push on to the end of our trekking challenge – it’s a short walk to our waiting transport at Sidi Ab Nbi. We’ll wave goodbye to our camels and the breathtaking Sahara and then transfer back to our hotel. This evening we will toast our achievements at a celebratory dinner!
    Trekking distance – approx. 4km/ 2hrs
  • Day 6 – Return to UK
    We take an early morning transfer back to Marrakech, which gives us the afternoon free to explore before catching an evening flight back to the UK.
    Please note this is a complex itinerary and subject to change, including the timings and distances detailed.

Great Wall of China Trek

The Challenge

Join a majestic trekking adventure and conquer the twists, turns, steps and slopes of this formidable fortification – the famous Great Wall. As you trek along this iconic Wonder of the World, you’ll cross ancient watchtowers and battlement stations to witness magnificent panoramas of luscious, rolling green hills as far as the eye can see! You’ll climb the incredible Heavenly Ladder, and immerse yourselves in stunning scenery and Chinese culture. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore Beijing, where you can visit iconic landmarks such as the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the famous Tiananmen Square!

Duration: 9 days, 7 of which are trekking

Distance: 35km (approx)

Fitness: The trek is graded as challenging but achievable with training beforehand. A training guide will be provided on sign up.

What you get

Sign up with #TeamStAnns for your trek experience including loads of fantastic perks!

  • A friendly Events Team who will support you every step of the way
  • A #TeamStAnns t-shirt and Build it Together buff
  • Pre-event and post-event meetup and supportive group chat with your fellow trekkers
  • A fundraising pack with ideas and tips, and materials like balloons, collection buckets and banners
  • Return flights from a London Airport to Beijing and transfers
  • All accommodation
  • All meals and celebratory dinner (except lunch on Day 2 and 8)
  • Bottled water
  • Challenge Medal
  • Trek leader from the UK to accompany group
  • Challenge medic
  • Local guides
  • Helping to build our new hospice to provide specialist care and loving support to people in Greater Manchester, for generations to come

Cost

Registration Fee (due on sign up): £299
Airport Tax & Fuel Surcharge: £250

Option A: Minimum Sponsorship: £3,390

Option B: Self-Funding: £1,695

Terms and conditions apply, which will be available on registering your interest.

By fundraising for this challenge in aid of our Build it Together new hospice appeal, you’ll ensure St Ann’s is here for local people affected by life-limiting illness, now and in the future. Register your interest now by completing the form below.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Depart UK
    We depart the UK for our overnight flight to Beijing.
  • Day 2 – Arrive Beijing
    We arrive in Beijing and then transfer to our hotel near Huangyaguan to freshen up and have some free time before dinner.
  • Day 3 – Huangyaguan
    Following breakfast we start our warm up trek, as we trek along the Taipingzhai section and return along the Wall to Huangyaguan. This section is very popular as it used to be an army barracks 600 years ago and was a highly strategic point for entering into Beijing – you can still see the links of the barracks to the Great Wall.
    Even though it is a warm up day there will still be plenty of ups and downs as you get used to the Great Wall steps! Once we get to the bottom, we stop for something to eat before transferring to our overnight accommodation.
    Trekking distance – approx. 4 – 5km/3 hours
  • Day 4 – Gubeikou to Jinshanling
    Following breakfast we commence trekking along the beautiful Gubeikou section of the wall to Jinshanling. Our main challenge today will be to cover the 27 watchtowers over old brick-made steps! Step back in time here and drink in the history of this remote and beautiful section of the Great Wall. In the afternoon we come off the Wall down to the valley and trek through remote villages and farms. Towards the end of the day we re-join the Wall and trek through the last 8 watchtowers to the Jinshanling section.
    Trekking distance – approx. 13km/8 hours
  • Day 5 – Jinshanling
    Today we trek from our lodge at Jinshanling to a remote section of the Wall which will give you a flavour of the immensity of the task undertaken in building this incredible structure. It is a truly beautiful area and the vista of the Wall disappearing over the mountains is a memorable sight. Today is a tough day with lots of steps going up and down but it is a truly amazing day you’ll remember forever.
    After reaching the highest point of the day we come off the Wall and walk down to meet our coach and take the transfer to our overnight accommodation.
    Trekking distance – approx. 7.5km/5 – 6 hours
  • Day 6 – Mutianyu
    After breakfast we take a short transfer to the Mutianyu section and climb the awesome 1,000 steps up to the Wall. We then trek through 11 watchtowers to the Heavenly Ladder, which ascends at a 45 degree angle and covers another 460 steps! The view from the top is stunning – the Great Wall pitches up and dives down across the rolling green hillsides disappearing and then reappearing amongst the forested slopes. After we’ve taken all our photos we will head back down following the route we have just climbed. As we get closer to the bottom we have three choices of how to get off the Wall: follow the 1,000 steps we tackled on the way up, descend in a cable car or take a toboggan slide!
    Trekking distance – approx. 7km/6 hours
  • Day 7 – Juyongguan and Badaling
    The first part of the day is spent at the Juyongguan section of the Wall, which is very similar to our first day at Huangyaguan with an important barracks situated at the bottom. This section gives you a clear idea of how the Wall would have looked originally. Following this, we will transfer back to Beijing, where we have the opportunity to go on an optional Hutong rickshaw tour. It is one of the most popular tours in Beijing and the best way to explore the old way of life over the last 200 years!
    Trekking distance – approx. 3km/3 hours
  • Day 8 – Beijing
    Free day to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Beijing and all it has to offer, both modern and ancient. There will be an optional full day excursion organised that explores the highlights of Beijing which includes a visit to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the beautiful Temple of Heaven! In the evening we will have our farewell dinner at Beijing’s premier Duck restaurant. We indulge in a real Chinese dining experience and celebrate our achievements!
  • Day 9 – Depart Beijing
    We transfer back to Beijing Airport for our flight back to the UK, arriving the same day.
    Please note this is a complex itinerary and subject to change, including the timings and distances detailed. Weather conditions, the group’s ability and any other factors outside our control can impact on the schedule set out in this brochure.

Totally Stockport Krazy Races

We are thrilled to be one of two headline charities at Totally Stockport’s Krazy Races national award-winning soapbox derby event which is returning to Stockport on Sunday 28th July 2024, from 10am to 5pm starting from St Peter’s Square.

Come and join thousands of spectators from across Stockport and beyond to cheer on the krazy, wacky and outrageous soapbox downhill racers. Launching themselves through Stockport in their carefully hand-crafted karts the racers will tackle a track of over 350m with chicanes, obstacles, water and more!

The Krazy Races team are looking for a maximum of 40 amateur teams who will be entertaining the crowds and competing to be the best dressed, have the best designed and the fastest soapbox karts powered by nothing more than krazy courage, wacky inspiration, gravity and a bit of luck!

If you are interested in entering a team and fundraising  for St Ann’s Build it Together new hospice campaign click the link below or get in touch on 0161 498 3631 or email supporter@sah.org.uk

Step into Christmas

We are challenging you to complete 12,000 steps in your most Christmassy attire to step into the festive season on Friday 1st December!

You can walk or run to complete the distance, in your own time and at your own pace. There is no registration fee and every penny you raise will make a real difference. 

We’ll even send you a FREE t-shirt as a thank you! We would love as many people as possible to join in and raise what they can to support the patients and families we care for. 

How it works

  1. Join our Facebook group and follow the instructions to register for the challenge.
  2. We’ll send you a FREE Team St Ann’s t-shirt as a thank you.
  3. Complete your 12,000 step challenge on Friday 1st of December and share your progress with our Facebook group who will support you all the way.
  4. Ask your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to sponsor you.
  5. Don’t worry if you’re not on Facebook you can still register here or set up your JustGiving page here

If you have any questions, contact our friendly events team on 0161 498 3631 or email events@sah.org.uk

 

New Year’s Day Swim 2024

Do you enjoy open water swimming? Want to start 2024 with a splash?

We have teamed up with Uswim who are running their long established (13 years and counting!) New Year’s Day swim on Monday 1st January 2024 at  Dock 9, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays.

Celebrate the start of a new year with family, friends and fellow cold water lovers! The invigorating water temperature will be 7c! The uber-friendly crowd and iconic Lowry Theatre backdrop guarantees top pics and crazy fun.

Will you be brave and bold and withstand the cold to take part in this year’s NYD’24 swim and get sponsored for St Ann’s Hospice?

Once you’ve signed up with Uswim you can set up your JustGiving fundraising page to support St Ann’s here.

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch by emailing events@sah.org.uk or calling us on 0161 498 3631.

Don’t worry we won’t leave you out in the cold – our friendly events team will be on hand to help you all the way!

You can find out more information about the swim and book your place below.

Entry*

Adults (16+) £25.00

Young People (7-15yrs) £5.00

Swim Courses

There’ll be a 250m towfloat-compulsory course for competent swimmers who are then able to swim for as long as they safely want.

There is also a 100m non-towfloat course for swimmers who still want the buzz of a deliciously cold open water swim. Towfloats are still recommended though 🙂

Swim Timings

There will be TWO ‘waves’ of swimmers entering the water at 30 minute intervals based upon surnames.

Registration

10.15-11.15 am.

‘Wave’ Swim Times (based on surnames)*

1) A-H – 11.00am

2) I-Z –  11.30am

All swimmers to have left the water by 12pm.

*If attending with friends/family with different surnames its 100% cool if you simply swim together. No need to email regarding this, just turn up and let Uswim know on the day.

 

100km in March Challenge

It really is as simple as it sounds! 

We are challenging you to complete 100km throughout March. You can walk, run, swim, cycle or combine all four, in your own time and at your own pace.  There is no registration fee and every penny you raise will make a difference. 

We’ll even send you a free t-shirt for you to wear with pride throughout the challenge! We would love as many people as possible to join in and raise what you can to support the patients and families we care for. 

How it works 

  1. Join our Facebook group and follow the instructions to register for the challenge.
  2. We’ll send you a FREE Team St Ann’s t-shirt to wear with pride throughout the challenge.
  3. Complete your challenge during March and share your progress with our Facebook group who will support you all the way.
  4. Ask your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to sponsor you throughout the month
  5. Don’t worry if you’re not on Facebook you can still register here.

Frequently asked questions 

  • What is the 100km in March Challenge all about? 

100km in March is a fundraising challenge for St Ann’s Hospice. Join hundreds of incredible St Ann’s Hospice supporters in taking on 100 Kilometres in the month of March. You can complete your Kilometres however you like – run, walk, cycle or swim (or a combination of all four)! The important thing is to get out and get moving to raise funds for those who need us most. 

  • How do I get started? 

The first thing to do is join our Facebook Group.  Click Join Now to register, get your free t shirt, meet other amazing fundraisers and get loads of tips and ideas for your challenge. 

  • Do I have to be on Facebook to take part? 

You can still take part if you aren’t on Facebook by registering with this link and then setting up a JustGiving page. However if you are on Facebook, it really helps us if you fundraise through that platform. We’re a small team and using the platform helps us provide you with more support and it helps us streamline our admin.  

  • Do I have to use Facebook Fundraising or can I set-up a JustGiving page? 

As the challenge is being run through Facebook we would prefer all participants to fundraise through the Facebook fundraising pages provided as it helps us to easily monitor the event and to minimise costs. However, if you prefer to use JustGiving, please register for the challenge using this link.

  • Is there a minimum fundraising amount? 

For this challenge we have set a sponsorship target of £150 however we just ask that you set up a fundraising page and do your very best! Your fundraising will go to St Ann’s Hospice and help us to continue to provide our services. 

  • Can I be sponsored by someone who is not on Facebook? 

If someone would like to donate to your challenge and they don’t have Facebook the best thing is to collect their donation offline and then donate it directly to your fundraiser yourself.  We will also provide paper sponsorship forms when we send out your t-shirt, so that is another option.

  • Can I include my normal daily steps as part of my distance? 

Yes! We are happy for you to make the challenge personal to you, so if it makes sense for you to include those steps, we are happy for you to do so. 

  • How should I track my kilometres? 

It’s completely up to you! There are lots of apps and trackers available or you could go for good old fashioned pen and paper, why not ask others in the Facebook group? 

  • I’m not able to complete 100 Kilometres – can I still take part? 

Of course! This challenge is for everyone and every kilometre you complete will make a difference, the important thing is getting out and raising vital funds for St Ann’s Hospice. 

  • Any other questions?

Get in touch events@sah.org.uk