Get in the running and help 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. eastcheshirehospice.org. uk/gnr.
●● Sports massage therapist, Elisa Connor, taking care of runners