Dedicated Pendle runners brave heat for charity

Runners from Pendle were among thousands braving sweltering conditions to take part in the BUPA Great Manchester Run.

Among those taking on the 10K challenge was a team of nearly 50 runners from The Alma Inn, in Laneshaw Bridge, and XLCR Vehicle Management, in Colne.

BRAVING THE HEAT: 28 Pendle friends run in memory of Peter Dutton and aim to raise money for Pendleside Hospice (S)

BRAVING THE HEAT: 28 Pendle friends run in memory of Peter Dutton and aim to raise money for Pendleside Hospice (S)

They were running in memory of their close friend David Hadfield, who lost his fight to Motor Neurone Disease in March. So far they have managed to raise £4,000 for the MND Association.

The Alma Inn’s general manager Ryan Taylor said: “Both teams, many of who have never run before, decided to show their support to David while he was in the early stages of the condition as they wanted to demonstrate to him what an amazing man he was.”

Another large group to pull together were 28 Pendle friends, who were raising funds for Pendleside Hospice.

The dedicated team, who have so far collected around £3,500, decided to dig out their running shoes in memory of Peter Dutton who died in March with a lung tumour.

Peter’s son Mark said: “I would firstly like to say a huge thank you to those who ran with the group on such a momentous day. I couldn’t have done it without all 28 of them. The whole team had a fabulous day, even if it was extremely hot, and encouraged each other throughout the entire run.”

Also running for the hospice was Laneshaw Bridge Primary School pupil Benjamin Horsfield (7), who ran for his grandpa Peter Hartley, who was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer two years ago. He completed a 2K BUPA Junior Great Manchester Run on Saturday, and his mum Claire took on the adult 10K the following day. They have so far raised £720.

Mrs Horsfield, of Skipton Old Road, said: “The atmosphere was amazing and it was very humbling seeing so many people running for so many charities and causes.”

From Banny’s Fish and Chips, managing director Ben Bannister, restaurant manager Cliff Meecham and preparation centre supervisor Ben Hewson have, to date, managed to collect £1267.44 for CLIC Sargent. This is part of the restaurant’s ambitious drive to raise £10,000 for the charity within 12 months.

And former Apprentice star Azhar Siddique was also among those sizzling in the sunshine, as he ran the challenging course wearing his business suit with his brother Khuram. The duo were aiming to raise £1,000 for the MS Society on behalf of their sister Azami.

Azhar, who finished the race in 59 minutes, said: “The response and support from the crowd for wearing my suit was both amazing and flattering.

“The energy, atmosphere and friendliness is probably what makes this event the largest in the UK and I was proud to be part of it. Even though it was tough run in my suit it was for the MS Society and that’s the most important point.”