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