Visitors to Heaton Park on August 14th may think they’ve wandered into some weird Rewind Twilight Zone where everything’s in reverse.

But never fear; it’s just 250 or so loons taking part in the UK Backward Run. Or nuR drawkcaB KU, if we’re being clever about it. Why? Because running backwards is so much more fun than running forwards. AND you look really, really cool while you’re doing it. Just try it.

And of course we love the UK Backward Run all the more because it’s raising lots of lovely money for Forever Manchester. All entrants are asked to raise a minimum of £20 for Forever Manchester – but of course we’d be thrilled if you want to raise more.

On the day there’ll be a one mile backward race, as well as a more leisurely Fun Run – so whether you’re a superfit backwards running pro, or you’re more comfortable with a backward stroll, there are races and runs for all abilities.

And apparently, you burn a third more calories running backwards as you do running forwards. Hurrah!

There is a t-shirt and medal for all participants, and there will also be a special prize for the fundraiser who raises the most money for Forever Manchester.

The charity run is limited to 250 entrants so enter now to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to find out more and register to take part, please email Terry Snowden ( with details of your team or register online by visiting the Backward Running website.

Oh, and check out Danielle Sharp’s great account of last year’s run to find out a bit more about what you’ll be letting yourself in for.

See you at Heaton Park, and good luck!

UK Backward Run, Heaton Park, Sunday 14th August 2011