The Strava map of a runner who ran a 67-mile heart around Manchester

Marathon runner Nathan Rae ran a 67-mile heart-shaped route around Manchester to honour those who lost their lives in the Arena attack last May.

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The 37-year-old filmmaker spent more than 18 hours running the streets of Manchester to create the Strava art, with the letters ‘MCR’ in the centre of a heart on Tuesday.

Rae set off from Sale just before 8am and ended at Manchester Arena before midnight. The route had been designed to take in significant locations, such as the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, fire stations and the Arena itself.

Rae only started running ultra-marathons two years ago and was joined for his impressive run by members of his running club, Chorlton runners, plus runners from other Manchester running clubs.

Nathan told Manchester Evening News: “It’s been great, my running club has been out to run with me, as have people from other running clubs. A nurse came out to meet me at the children’s hospital, UK Fast’s runners came to run with me. It’s been great having the support.

“It’s called GPS art. People look for pictures in the map, that aren’t always obvious but come out when you run. I thought I’d give it a go and do something a bit different to help people smile.

“I did look to see if I could do a bee but there weren’t any on the map in Manchester, but I already knew there was the C and the R.”

Rae made a video of his run, plus everyone he met along the way here: 

Rae has set up a JustGiving page for those wanting to sponsor him for his run, all proceeds go to North West Air Ambulance.