Char­ity is the big race win­ner

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD HALF MARATHON - STU­ART GREER

ALMOST 700 run­ners took on the town’s half-marathon as it weaved its way through the streets on Sun­day.

The 13.1-mile chal­lenge saw 689 cross the fin­ish line and raise around £5,000 for East Cheshire Hospice. The fastest man was David Webb, rep­re­sent­ing Telford run­ning club, who ran 1hr and 10mins.

Tak­ing the women’s ti­tle was Diane McVey from Wilm­slow Run­ning Club who fin­ished in a time of 1hr 23mins.

The fastest lo­cal run­ner was last year’s race win­ner, James Noakes, from Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers, who fin­ished in 1hr 18mins. Another 119 peo­ple took on the 5k road race which was won by Ben Light from Bux­ton & Dis­trict in a time of 17m 39s fol­lowed by Katie Low­ery from Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers in 18m 17s.

An im­pres­sive 39 young­sters com­pleted the ju­nior fun run which was won by Mar­cus Cann in 4m 29s. Mandy Calvert, race di­rec- tor, said: “This is al­ways such a great event, with a real com­mu­nity feel and that was def­i­nitely the case this year. With such great weather and fan­tas­tic support from vol­un­teers, run­ners and their fam­ily and friends it was a real plea­sure to de­liver races that chal­lenged our run­ners while rais­ing much-needed funds for a fan­tas­tic lo­cal char­ity.”

Pic­tures Do­minic Sal­ter

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