Runners “line up” for charity

More than 70 runners took part in a 24-hour challenge on the Totty Lines to raise £3,700 for a community defibrillator.

They ran continuously up and down the 2.14-mile length of the former railway line from Greenmount to Brandlesholme Road, Bury – officially called the Kirklees Trail – with at least two people on the route at all times.

The event was organised by Radcliffe Athletic Club member Mike Cooke to raise money for a defibrillator at the Totty Lines.

Mike also set up the informal Totty Lines Runners Group after walkers and runners expressed safety concerns about using the path alone, especially at night. This allows people to arrange to get together for walks and runs along the lines and further afield in Tottington.

He completed a double marathon of 53 miles during the challenge and other Radcliffe AC members also took part: Helen Talbot ran 15 miles, Kris Lee 13.8 miles, Helen Andrew 13.1 miles, Chris Paxton 11.4 miles and Bev Quinton 4 miles.

Mike said: “When I had this idea I thought a figure of £1,000 would be some achievement and we’ve gone and tripled it. Thank you to everyone who took part – it was absolute pleasure organising the fundraiser.”

Arrangements are now being made to have the defibrillator installed on South Royd Street  – and the event raised so much money that Mike is investigating the possibility of installing a second defibrillator in Darlington Close.

Two RAC runners have also completed the Virtual Great Manchester Run Half Marathon. Natalie Hitchen and Sarah Rushton clocked 2:40:23 running together on a route through Bolton and Radcliffe.

Craig Ward completed the We Love Manchester Active Challenge, notching up 15 runs in 28 days, while Helen Talbot did the Virtual 10k Gin Run.

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