650 run­ners add pace to bed ap­peal

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD HALF MARATHON - KAREN BRIT­TON

MORE than 650 run­ners pounded the streets for this year’s Mac­cles­field Half Marathon.

The 13-mile run took place for the 14th time from Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre, along with a 5k course and fun run, all or­gan­ised by a team of 130 mar­shals from Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers.

And for the first time pace run­ners took part to help run­ners achieve tar­get times. The race was won by James Scott-Buc­cleuch of Stock­port Har­ri­ers in a time of 01:14:32 and Vic­to­ria Perry was the fastest fe­male in a time of 01:31:41.

Neil Gunn, chief mar­shal from Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers, said: “It was a fan­tas­tic day and we’ve had great feed­back about the job done by our mar­shals.” Money raised is be­ing do­nated to the East Cheshire Hos­pice ap­peal to buy 17 re­place­ment beds, each cost­ing just over £9,000.

Race or­gan­is­ers hope the event will buy one of the beds.

Jes­sica Ruth, hos­pice event man­ager, said: “We’d like to thank all of those who took part in the race.

“Our Bed Ap­peal is a sig­nif­i­cant fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive and we are de­lighted the com­mu­nity can sup­port it through events such as the Half Marathon.”

Hos­pice set to ben­e­fit – see page 21

Pic­tures: Bryan Dale and Neil Gunn

●● Run­ners took to the streets to help raise cash for East Cheshire Hos­pice’s Bed Ap­peal

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