Race to­ward ap­peal to­tal as run­ners clock up miles

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

EAST Cheshire Hos­pice is due to ben­e­fit from Mac­cles­field Half Marathon.

Its Bed Ap­peal is to be the ben­e­fi­ciary af­ter more than 650 run­ners took part in the event at the week­end.

The Half Marathon is one of a few se­lect races in the coun­try where sur­plus funds are do­nated to char­ity and or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing the event will help to buy a new spe­cially de­signed bed for the hos­pice.

The hos­pice is plan­ning to re­place 17 beds – 15 in­pa­tient and two out­pa­tient treat­ment beds – and with each bed cost­ing just over £9,000, the to­tal bill is a daunt­ing fundrais­ing feat.

Now in its 14th year, the Half Marathon was or­gan­ised by mem­bers of the Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers AC – some of whom also vol­un­teered as pace run­ners. One of them, 35-year-old club mem­ber James Perry said: “As a pace run­ner, it was a great plea­sure to help fel­low run­ners to achieve their goals at this fan­tas­tic event.

“Thanks to all the vol­un­teers for mak­ing this such a suc­cess­ful and friendly lo­cal race, and to the spec­ta­tors for their sup­port.

“I’m run­ning the Ch­ester Marathon on Sun­day, so hope my legs will have re­cov­ered by then,” he says.

In glo­ri­ous sun­shine, the event was also a fun day out for those not want­ing to achieve tough sport­ing tar­gets and more than 200 peo­ple took part in the 5k race and Fun Run.

East Cheshire Hos­pice Deputy Chair of Trustees, Paul Mor­ris­sey and Board mem­ber, Dr Louise Hast­ings, were on hand to give en­cour­age­ment to run­ners at the start of the race and all prizes at the end were handed out by Mac­cles­field MP, David Rut­ley.

“We’d like to thank all of those who took the time to take part in this year’s race,” says Hos­pice Event Man­ager, Jes­sica Ruth “Our Bed Ap­peal is a sig­nif­i­cant fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive for us and we are de­lighted that the whole com­mu­nity can sup­port it through events such as the Half Marathon”.

This year’s race was won by James Scot­tBuc­cleuch of Stock­port Har­ri­ers in a time of 01:14:32 and Vic­to­ria Perry was the fastest fe­male run­ner in a time of 01:31:41.

●● Some of the 650 run­ners go­ing through their paces in this year’s Mac­cles­field Half Marathon, which raised funds for East Cheshire Hos­pice

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