The crowds lined the streets to cheer on our finest athletes, including the friends and relatives of those who were personally affected by the Manchester Arena Attack – just one year ago.

Following the one minute’s silence, the crowd broke into a euphoric and heart wrenching rendition of the Gallagher brothers’ ‘Don’t look back in anger’, fitting for the occasion and epitomising Manchester’s spirit of togetherness.

Tim Wilkinson Hall, Group Training Manager at Chess said, ‘It was a sweltering day; everyone at Chess was in the orange wave and it was brilliant that we all got to start together, hearing the crowd singing ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’. After after the minutes silence was very emotional and gave everyone that extra push they needed to finish’.

Despite the baking temperatures, all of our runners managed to complete the race which is an absolutely outstanding achievement.

Paul Foster, Chief Executive of The Great Run Company, said: “I'd like to congratulate everyone who took part in these challenging conditions and also to those who came out in their thousands to support. They truly embodied the resolve and determination of this great city today.”

Our Chess team ran to raise money for various charities including a whopping £1,845 for East Cheshire Hospice and £510 for Rocco’s Hospice.

Elliot Meredith, Junior Designer at Chess took part ‘We did it, we raised money for a great cause, it was a hot day, but we loved it, it was an amazing experience.’

Mike Leighton, Head of Customer Support took the accolade of Chess Champion runner for the 7th year running with a time of 44 minutes (or so he tells us).

A massive congratulations to all that took part in this brilliant event.