Run­ners clock up £1k for cen­tre

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

HILL run­ners raced around Bolling­ton to raise money for a com­mu­nity cen­tre.

Rac­ers took part in the 11th Bolling­ton Nos­tal­gia Hill Race from the Brid­gend Cen­tre, a 11.4k multi-ter­rain route around Bolling­ton and the sur­round­ing coun­try­side.

There were 122 ath­letes from far and wide and more than 40 vol­un­teers help­ing to man the event.

The race raised more than £1,000 for the Brid­gend Cen­tre, which runs a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties and com­mu­nity events.

Ann Mayer, from the Brid­gend Cen­tre, said: “We have great sup­port from the run­ning com­mu­nity, with ath­letes com­ing from far afield to com­pete.

“This year MP David Rut­ley was on hand to start the race and send the run­ners on their way.

“Be­cause it was slightly over­cast on the day with the oc­ca­sional shower, the weather was per­fect.

“Our vol­un­teers made the day re­ally spe­cial, cheer­ing the run­ners on ev­ery step of the way, man­ning the wa­ter sta­tions and sup­ply­ing drinks and cakes back at the Brid­gend Cen­tre.

“We would like to say a tremen­dous thanks to all these vol­un­teers and to the mem­bers of Wilm­slow Run­ning Club, who again ex­pertly recorded the times.”

This year’s win­ner was Mike Salt, from Cam­bridge and Co­leridge, com­plet­ing the race in 44:04 and beat­ing Tom Bush of Pen­nine Run­ning Club into sec­ond place in a time of 46:11. Third place went to Rob Downs from Wilm­slow Run­ning Club in a time of 46:28.

In fourth place and the first lady across the fin­ish­ing line was Olivia Wal­wyn, in a time of 46:49. Olivia is the record holder, hav­ing com­pleted the same course in 45:40 dur­ing the race in 2011.

Sharon John­stone of Wilm­slow Run­ning Club was sec­ond in 52:29 and Tracey Green­way of Derby AC was third with a time of 53:22.

Win­ners re­ceived prizes from the deputy mayor coun Allan Wil­liams.

Mike Salt re­ceived the Win­ner’s Cup for the third time, hav­ing won it orig­i­nally in 2010, when it had been do­nated in mem­ory of Cath Chap­pell by her fam­ily.

Ann said: “Cath was a val­ued mem­ber of Brid­gend and a mar­shal for all pre­vi­ous races and Mike is her nephew.

“As most of her fam­ily was there to cheer him on, it was a real cause for cel­e­bra­tion.”

Scenes from the sum­mer fair at St Gre­gory’s Pri­mary School

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●● The 11th Bolling­ton Nos­tal­gia Hill Race raised money for the Brid­gend Cen­tre

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