Get in the run­ning and help hospice

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

THERE’S just a few days left to sign up for East Cheshire Hospice places in what’s de­scribed as the ‘great­est half marathon in the world’ – the Great North Run.

The race will see 57,000 run­ners travel a 13.1 mile race from New­cas­tle to South Shields and the hospice has se­cured eight places at £35 each.

Mean­while the pounds and pen­nies are still rolling in from one of the Charity’s most pop­u­lar run­ning chal­lenges – the Great Manch­ester Run.

Total raised so far is in ex­cess of £20,000 from more than 60 run­ners who took part in the hospice team.

Once again the run­ners were ably sup­ported by the hospice back­room team which in­cluded sports mas­sage ther­a­pist, Elisa Con­nor.

Elisa and her busi­ness part­ner Jen­nifer Jack­son have as­sisted East Cheshire Hospice at the run for the last three years aid­ing run­ners both be­fore and af­ter the gru­elling 10k race.

“Al­though I hated PE at school, I took up run­ning af­ter I had my first child 30 years ago and so help­ing other run­ners is a labour of love for me,” said Elisa.

“I started up my busi­ness af­ter sus­tain­ing my own run­ning in­juries and I know how much mas­sage can help stretch and pro­tect the mus­cles.”

Elisa, 53, has notched up a few race medals in her time and re­turns to the scene of one of her vic­to­ries in Italy next month for her daugh­ter Aimee’s wed­ding.

“Ten years ago I won the prize as the first woman home in a 13k race at Sestri Le­vante where my father’s fam­ily are from,” says Elisa.

“Now though I’m very happy to help from the side­lines at races.”

The dead­line to se­cure a place at the Great North Run is Fri­day, July 1.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www. eastcheshire­hos­ uk/gnr.

●● Sports mas­sage ther­a­pist, Elisa Con­nor, tak­ing care of run­ners

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