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Author's profile photo DJ Adams

Global Running Day with SAP Community in Manchester – Wednesday 1st June 2022

I’m taking part in Global Running Day, in an event kick started by Phil Cooley in Melbourne.

Wednesday 1st June is Global Running Day, and my good friend and remote running buddy Phil Cooley kick started a nice initiative described in his blog post Global Running Day with SAP Community In Melbourne – Wednesday 1st June 2022, which you should go and read too.

I won’t be able to get to Melbourne to run with Phil and friends, so I’ve done two things:

  • I’ve signed up and pledged to run virtually “with” the SAP Community Melbourne runners
  • I’ve organised a route in the centre of Manchester which I’ll run, and which – if you’re in the area – you’re more than welcome to come and run along with me too


I’ve pledged to run a route on the same day:


My pledge to run with the SAP Community Melbourne runners


Manchester route

I’ve mapped out a hopefully interesting 5K route around parts of the centre of Manchester, that you’re welcome to join me on. The route is stored on Strava and looks like this:


A screenshot of the route around Manchester

The route starts and ends in Sackville Garden, which is home to the statue of Manchester’s adopted son, the father of computing, Alan Turing.


A photo of the statue of Alan Turing in Sackville Garden


Beyond Alan Turing’s statue, here are a few more highlights of what the route entails:

  • We run for a short section along the Rochdale Canal, which opened in 1798 and was one of the canals that allowed transport to and from the mills which powered the Industrial Revolution which led to a reimagining of manufacturing processes which then expanded to mainland Europe and on to the United States in the 19th century
  • We run by the site of The Haçienda, a hugely influential night club and music venue that was the home of Factory Records and the band New Order and was a nursery venue for bands like the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, The Smiths, James, The Fall and many others
  • Then, passing by the basin where the Bridgewater Canal and the Rochdale Canal meet, we take in the world’s first ever railway station, on Liverpool Road
  • After that, we run through various parts of the city centre including St Peter’s Square, the Northern Quarter and then return to Sackville Garden

Essential information

I’ll be at the Alan Turing statue in Sackville Garden at 0730 on the morning of Wed 01 June, and (to give time for anyone to arrive) will be setting off from there on the route at 0740. We’ll go at the pace of the steadiest runner, so don’t worry about being too fast or too slow – we will all stay together.

If you plan on coming along, let me know in the comments to this post, and – see you then!

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      Author's profile photo Phil Cooley
      Phil Cooley

      Awesome DJ Adams thanks very much for supporting this initiative and your track looks amazing. I would be tempted to take a selfie sitting down with Alan Turing! during the run 🙂  Plenty of other highlights along your running track as well. Hope you get plenty of #GlobalRunningDay #SAPCommunity runners join you in Manchester!

      Author's profile photo Thomas Zurek
      Thomas Zurek

      Have been to Manchester several times but 25+ years ago but have never come across that Alan Turing monument. Good pointer for my next visit.

      Great idea to take Phil's idea forward!

      Author's profile photo Tim Price
      Tim Price

      I will be running in the 1st DJ

      Author's profile photo DJ Adams
      DJ Adams
      Blog Post Author

      Well, Tim Price and I did it. We met in Sackville Gardens and headed off around Manchester, taking in the sights and having a good chat. What a great initiative, thanks Phil Cooley for kicking thing off!

      Here are some pics from the route:


      With the site of The Haçienda in the background



      Outside the world's first railway station



      At Manchester Central Library



      With Alan Turing in Sackville Gardens at the end of the run



      The plaque describing Turing's life and work



      Our route taken

      Author's profile photo Mynyna Chau
      Mynyna Chau

      Well done! Looks like you had loads of fun 🙂

      Author's profile photo Phil Cooley
      Phil Cooley

      Love your work DJ Adams looks like you had heaps of fun!