The club hosted its annual half-marathon on Sunday morning from Ashton Playing Fields. First run in around 1981, it is approaching its 40th birthday, and as the years go by and traffic has increased, it has called upon more and more club resources. However, thanks to organiser David Hollingworth's excellent network of relationships, club members and friends again rose to the occasion to ensure the runners remained safe - if not dry. The squally, wet morning meant that on-the-day entries were 30-40 down on the norm, but there were still 354 finishers.
42 marshalls were out on the course in fluorescent jackets, guiding the runners and placating any impatient motorists - this year, it must be said, there was more than one report of positive support coming from drivers. The runners, totally focused on their race, were more concerned with dodging the puddles, though that became pointless after a while.