Tak­ing on hill chal­lenge

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

MORE than 100 run­ners took on a multi-ter­rain chal­lenge for the an­nual Bolling­ton Nostal­gia Hill Race. The 11.4km race, now in its 13th year, is or­gan­ised by the Brid­gend Cen­tre, a drop-in cen­tre based on Palmer­ston Street in Bolling­ton, which pro­vides sup­port to the com­mu­nity.

One hun­dred and four run­ners took on the chal­lenge, which took them over road, pas­ture, moor­land and canal tow­paths. The race was started by Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley.

This year’s win­ner was Jack Ross, from Stafford­shire Moor­lands AC, com­plet­ing the race in 44:26. Barry Blyth, from Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers, earned a place in the win­ners books as the first 70+ vet across the line in 59:41. The first woman was Diane McVey, from Wilm­slow Run­ning Club, who com­pleted in 48:06,

An­drea Frost, from the Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers, took the ti­tle for the first 50+ Vet fin­ish­ing in 56:02.

All win­ners re­ceived their prizes from the Mayor of Bolling­ton, Coun An­drew Lang­don.

Anna Hat­ley, com­mu­nity worker at the Brid­gend Cen­tre, said: “We are for­ever grate­ful to our won­der­ful vol­un­teers who help to make this event a suc­cess.”

Janine El­lis and Nick Bishop, from Wilm­slow Run­ning Club, recorded the times, Run­ning Bear in Alder­ley Edge do­nated race num­bers, and McDon­alds in Mac­cles­field pro­vided paper cups for the water.

David Rut­ley starts the race, in­set, Mayor of Bolling­ton An­drew Lang­den takes a selfie with the Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers

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