Fam­ily fun run is best yet in aid of char­ity for Syr­ian refugees

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

FAM­I­LIES tod­dled, walked and ran a course in a fun event in aid of Syr­ian refugees.

The CAFOD Fun Run raises money for the char­ity, the Catholic Agency For Over­seas De­vel­op­ment, and is open to ev­ery­one.

It took place this year the Mon­day af­ter Box­ing Day from St Gre­gory’s Parish Hall on Welling­ton Road. It was the fourth an­nual event.

Par­tic­i­pants can choose to run, jog, or walk a one mile short course, the three mile medium course, or the 4.5 mile full course.

The route started and fin­ished on the Bolling­ton Viaduct and mar­shals were avail­able along the route.

Run­ners trav­elled along the beau­ti­ful Mid­dle­wood Way, the wilder­ness of Tinkers Clough and the his­toric Mac­cles­field Canal.

Or­gan­is­ers say this year’s event was the best yet, with more than 200 peo­ple tak­ing part and rais­ing around £6,000, beat­ing last year’s to­tal of around £4,500.

Chris Pim­blott, event co-or­di­na­tor and mem­ber of Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers run­ning club, said: “It was the best year so far and great to see fam­i­lies out en­joy­ing the run.

“Money raised is for CAFOD’s Syr­ian ap­peal. The char­ity and its part­ners are in­volved in coun­tries sur­round­ing Syria where the refugees are based and the money raised in Bolling­ton is go­ing on to that ap­peal.

“Not only is it a great day out but it’s also about rais­ing money for a good cause.

“It’s a very friendly event, or­gan­ised to suit all abil­i­ties. A great way to blow away the Christ­mas ex­cess.

“There is al­ways a great at­mos­phere and it wouldn’t go ahead if it wasn’t for the vol­un­teers and mem­bers from Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers who help make it hap­pen.”

●● CAFOD fun run, with Bolling­ton mayor An­gela Wil­liams, con­sort Dai Wil­liams (left) and race di­rec­tor Tim Marsh

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