Stockport Express

Hopes for Hatters Half run


AT long last – and we know we mustn’t dash into full celebratio­n mode just yet – but with hints of progress to something like ‘normality’ nationally, Stockport County Supporters Cooperativ­e can add a sliver of good news of their own as this week, we received word from the Director of Public Health at Stockport Council advising that events are starting back up in the Borough.

We have been looking, with more than a small degree of anxiety, to get the early essential organisati­onal elements in place for us to say conclusive­ly that, the North West’s premier road/trail Half Marathon, the Stockport Hatters Half Marathon, would be run once again after an enforced Covid absence.

This terrific news now enables organisers John Giles and Pete Towey to submit the necessary applicatio­ns for permission­s to run the Stockport Hatters Half marathon on Sunday 5th September. There will be an extra requiremen­t for a Covid risk assessment this time, but we are already on it with the valued help of Stockport based Crazy Legs Events.

The event being in the open air, means that the risk levels are generally assessed to be minimal, but we seek to be sure our event is safe and perceived to be so by runners and the public, who over the years have made this race the most popular of its type, and a magnificen­t showcase for Stockport County who are allowing us the use of Edgeley Park again, the Town of Stockport and the Supporters Cooperativ­e who are proud to once again be promoters of the event.

Supporters Cooperativ­e board member Emma Mannion will act as our Covid Officer and keep everyone safe. So remember the date Sunday 5 September, note it in your diary and await further news.

 ??  ?? ●●Rachel Hall, 2019 Ladies winner
●●Rachel Hall, 2019 Ladies winner

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