Good sports get to it for great cause

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT RELIEF - DANIELLE ROPER

RUN­NERS pounded the tracks and swim­mers made a splash at the week­end to raise money for Sport Re­lief.

Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers and Ath­letic Club saw around 150 adults and chil­dren turn out on Sun­day to run as part of the The Sains­bury’s Sport Re­lief Games.

The Games are a char­ity event from Comic Re­lief, in as­so­ci­a­tion with BBC Sport, bring­ing to­gether sport and en­ter­tain­ment to raise money for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the UK and abroad.

From four-year-olds to Mac­cles­field’s very own marathon man Harry New­ton, 78, mem­bers of the pub­lic joined run­ning club mem­bers to raise more than £1,000 for the cause.

Neil Gunn, Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers and Ath­letic Club trea­surer and run­ning group leader, who or­gan­ised the event along with Bob Lynch, club pres­i­dent, said: “It was a fan­tas­tic day. We’re all de­lighted to be able to help such a wor­thy cause and get peo­ple in­ter­ested in sport at the same time.

“There was a great at­mos­phere, with vol­un­teers from the club help­ing run­ners. It was lovely to see fam­i­lies run­ning to­gether and the weather was great!”

The run­ners took on ei­ther a one mile, three mile or six mile chal­lenge, the one mile and three mile runs tak­ing place on the track and the six mile chal­lenge cov­er­ing two laps of the Mac­cles­field 5K route pass­ing Pri­ory Lane, Vic­to­ria Road, Prest­bury Road and Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal.

Neil said: “Around 20 peo­ple did the six mile run in­clud­ing some of the young­sters.

“A cou­ple of the young ones set off like bul­lets but then slowed down. But they all got through it.”

Beech Hall school pupils raised more than £500 by tak­ing on a Sport Re­lief mile ei­ther by walk­ing, run­ning or cy­cling down Mid­dle­wood Way, or swim­ming a mile at Bolling­ton Leisure Cen­tre.

And a group of col- leagues from As­traZeneca took part in a spon­sored 5K swim at To­tal Fit­ness Leisure Cen­tre in Wilm­slow.

Un­der­grad­u­ate place­ment stu­dents Kiani Jea­cock, 20, Ros­alind Latham, 21, and grad­u­ate sci­en­tist James Loudon-Grif­fiths, 26, took part in a vig­or­ous 10 week train­ing pro­gramme at Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre be­fore the chal­lenge, which raised £1,283.69 along with a cake sale held at their work­place.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers see mac­cles­field-har­ri­ers.co.uk.

Tandy Palmes

●● Beech Hall School pupils and staff ready for their fundrais­ing run and walk

Neil Gunn

●● From left: Rachel Gilliland, Julie Smith, Lindsey Rus­sell and Catharine Cross­ley were among the fundrais­ing mem­bers of Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers

●● Ros­alind Latham, James Loudon-Grif­fiths and Kiani Jea­cock from As­traZeneca swam 5k to help raise more than £1,200 for the cause

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