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Hoylake 10k runners raise thousands for charity
MORE than six hundred people braved the wind and rain for Sunday's Hoylake 10k coastal run.
The Globe-backed event raised £8,500 for Wednesday Special Needs club, which is in the town's community centre on Hoyle Road.
Race secretary Carla Williams told the Globe: "The conditions were pretty grim, but we still had a great turn out of 670 entries with 76 on the day which considering the weather was pretty good. So we must be doing something right.
"On behalf of Wednesday Special Needs Club I want to say a 'Massive Thank You' to all the runners who turned out on Sunday morning to run in pretty horrendous conditions, wind and rain battering them throughout the coastal run from Hoylake to Leasowe and back.
"The 10k is terribly important to the WSNC as it is our major fundraiser and all the funds raised from the event go towards the Sensory Resource’s upkeep and maintenance, which is maintained by a small group of enthusiastic volunteers."
Among the runners was Marathon man Eddie Mountford, pounding the road again after a two year illness, at the age of 90.
Eddie, who has taken part in more than 30 full marathons over the past 40 years, was joined for the run by daughter Gillian Quinn from Thingwall and grandsons Darren Quinn, 23, Mark Lennon, 28 and Paul Lennon, 32.
Paying tribute to Eddie's enthusiasm Carla Williams continued: "He was so determined to complete the 10k this year after recovering from illness, and his time was 88.22 and in terrible conditions – what a star!"
Last year a record 823 people took part, raising more than £9,000.
Putting the runners under starters orders again this year was Wirral West MP Esther McVey.
First man across the finish line was James Scott-Buccleuch, 35, from Stockport Harriers in the time of 33.41.
First woman to finish was Sarah Roberts aged 33 from Pensby Runners, her time being 42.06.
The 10k results will appear on the special needs club's website www.wsnc.co.uk on Wednesday.
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