Get in the running!
THE Sunflower Squad are leading the way by signing up for a 5k run organised by Macclesfield Harriers.
The nine-strong team from East Cheshire Hospice are already getting in shape for the Community Team Challenge on Sunday, September 24, and urge other groups to follow their example.
The 5k event is part of a popular day of running activity which includes the Macc Half Marathon and a one-mile fun run.
Almost 900 runners took part in the 2016 runs, raising more than £5,700 for the hospice through entries and sponsorships. This year’s event is in aid of the hospice, Rossendale Trust and Just Drop-In.
The Sunflower Squad comprises doctor Claire Goad, fundraisers Jo Boyd, Faye Coombs and Lisa Ball, staff members Katy Dewer and Alicia Whittaker, and three members of her family.
Lisa said: “We’re wearing fancy dress so it’ll be easy to spot us on the course. We’re raising money for the hospice and would encourage businesses, schools and any other groups to do the same and join us.
“My aim is to finish the course, especially as I had to drop out of a 5k recently because of a chest infection after I’d undertaken a couch-to-5k training schedule.”
The 5k is a single loop course that starts and ends on the athletics track at Macclesfield Leisure Centre and follows the first part of the Macc Half Marathon route which passes through Prestbury.
Both runs include a Community Team Challenge which is open to all businesses, schools, charities, sports and recreational clubs.
A team is made up of at least five finishers and the event incorporates the Schools Trophy which is open to staff, parents, governors and pupils aged 11 and older. Bollington Pre-School won in 2016.
The fun run is open to all ages from three. Children aged five or younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
To get a hospice sponsorship pack email fundraising@echospice. org.uk and to enter go to macc-half.co.uk.
Jo Boyd, fundraising co-ordinator; Alicia Whittaker, education and development co-ordinator and Lisa Ball, community fundraiser