RUNNERS took on a half-marathon and raised £5,000 for the Brackenhall children’s hospice.
More than 150 fundraisers tackled the 13-mile route yesterday in aid of the Forget Me Not Hospice, setting set off from Brook Crompton on St Thomas’ Road at 9am.
Stefan Cichockyj, 45, from Titanic Mill in Linthwaite and his friend Denise Moulson, 47, of Golcar were among those taking part..
He said: “This is my first half-marathon and I think we decided to do it out of sheer madness!
Denise added: “We both work with children so the charity is close to our hearts.”
Alex Gutteridge, 32, was taking part in the race just a week after marrying Hannah Longbottom, 36, and moving to Slaithwaite.
Alex was joined on the run by Hannah’s friend, Clare Fielding, whose mother, Gina, is community fundraiser for the hospice.
Clare, 36, of Golcar, said: “This is my first half-marathon and I’ve been doing a bit of training.
“I’m doing this because I think the hospice is a really good charity.”
Gina’s nephew, 25-year-old David Nuttall, was also taking part. The Linthwaite man also climbed Ben Nevis earlier this year to raise money for the charity.
He said: “I think it’s a genuine good cause because the kids really do need our help.”
Yesterday’s event was organised by Prohms Healthcare on St Thomas Road.
Sandra Babbings, who spent 18 months planning the event, said: “My friend Margaret Wadsworth is head of care for the hospice so I wanted to do something to support her.
“I hope we can turn this into an annual event.
“We’ve been really well supported by Brooks and by the 39th Parkwood Scouts who have provided the marshals along the route.”
Sixty-seven runners tackled the 13-mile course, which took in Lockwood, Netherton, Honley and Castle Hill.
Nick Leigh won in a time of 1hr 20min 31sec while Penny Driffield was the first woman to finish, crossing the line in 1hr 41min 27sec.
Thirteen teams of six from Huddersfield businesses also took part in the race, running sections of the route in relay.
Huddersfield-based Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors were the fastest, finishing in 1hr 43min 44sec.