Great turnout

Central Leader - - News -

Or­gan­is­ers’ con­cerns the 37th an­nual HSBC Round the Bays would be hit by the eco­nomic down­turn were un­founded.

About 47,000 reg­is­tered run­ners took part, and nearly 70,000 over­all.

Though down slightly on last year, it was still a mas­sive crowd.

At the front of the crowd was Ray Glasgow, the 95-year-old legally blind great-grand­fa­ther who suf­fered a bro­ken hip af­ter a fall ear­lier this year, but who turned out in his wheel­chair any­way.

“I’ve been smashed up a bit but it couldn’t keep me down.

“I just like be­ing out there with the peo­ple,” he says.

It was his 26th event since 1972, only miss­ing when he’s been over­seas.

HSBC chief ex­ec­u­tive David Grif­fiths was de­lighted that as well as spon­sor­ing the event, the bank had mus­tered a team of 500 it­self, in­clud­ing staff, key cus­tomers and 60 Gifted Kids pro­gramme youngsters, who will ben­e­fit from the event.

“I can’t think when I have seen a crowd like it,” he said.

“HSBC has been in­volved for a few years now and this re­ally is an event that unites the peo­ple of the cities.”

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