Get in the run­ning!

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

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. and to en­ter go to

Jo Boyd, fundrais­ing co-or­di­na­tor; Ali­cia Whit­taker, ed­u­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor and Lisa Ball, com­mu­nity fundraiser

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