Runners clock up £1k for centre
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
●● The 11th Bollington Nostalgia Hill Race raised money for the Bridgend Centre