Park Runs All Day for NHS

JON PARK is planning to put his best foot forward this Saturday to help the National Health Service.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club member has been inspired by other runners from his purple-vested club and is keen to raise money for the NHS.

“I’m planning on running for 24 hours at Old Hall Country Club. The club has a one mile loop that I’ve marked out and I will try and complete as many of them as I can in 24 hours,” Jon said.

“I’ll be starting at 10am on 16th May and be following all social distancing rules.

“All money raised will go to NHS charities and I’m trying to reach a target of £1,000. I know times are financially hard for a lot of us but if you have any spare money please donate to help the amazing work they are doing.

“A big thank you everyone who has sponsored me so far. You can follow my progress on my Facebook page or via my Instagram @parky_3084 leading up to and including the event.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Jon can click on this link.

MEANWHILE, Cheshire County Athletics Association in conjunction with Run Cheshire and Gogledd Cymru are organising the Cheshire County Virtual Road Racing Championships.

As well managing and administrating the races, Run Cheshire and Gogledd Cymru are donating at least £300 from the entry fees to a charity to be determined by Cheshire County Athletics Association. 

The competition will consist of three individual races over 5k, 5m and 10k and the races are now open. Runners have until Sunday, June 28 to register, run the distance and upload their results using Strava, Garmin, etc. The closing date to submit entries is midnight on Sunday, June 28.  

To take part entrants must follow three steps: Register for the virtual race of their choice; Run the race in their own location taking careful note of social distancing advice (you can even download a printable number if wanting to look the part); and upload proof (full instructions on how to do this will be in a confirmation email).

The entry fee is £3.50 per person (plus booking fee). The winners of each race will have a hamper of goodies sent to them. The winners of veteran categories will receive a free entry into a Run Cheshire race of their choice in 2021. 

All distances must start and finish more or less in the same place. If this is not possible then try to ensure the route is reasonably flat.  

Runners should ensure that they are adhering to social distancing laws at all times avoiding busy parks.

The races should be undertaken as part of an individual’s daily exercise allowance, and not addition to any other form of daily exercise

To be eligible for a prize all competitors must have been either: Born within the current Cheshire County boundaries (including Halton and Warrington); or have been resident within Cheshire for nine months prior to the date of competition.

Posted by Dave Alexander
11th May 2020

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