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Glossop joggers reach money milestone
Thursday 12th October 2017 @ 14:09 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle News

Words and pictures by David Jones 

Glossop runners, joggers and walkers eased past a £250,000 milestone last Sunday in the town’s biggest on-going fundraiser. 

Around 300 people and a handful of dogs lined up at 11am at Fauvel Road for the start of the annual Glossop Jog.

An hour later, they were relaxing, confident that their efforts had helped two good local causes.

Children from local primary and secondary schools, a few of their teachers, families and those people wanting to show their support, were all involved.

Children too young or too tired to run got a lift on a parent’s shoulders.

Others had a pram or a wheelchair ride around a course that took in Fauvel Road, Charles Street and Norfolk Street.

Organiser Barrie Powney admitted being ‘a little disappointed’ with the number of runners taking part.

“It was a bit down on last year,” he said. “But there seems a lot more demands on children’s time these days. But we expect the jog to have raised between £6,000 to £6,500.”

Most of the 300 runners were children from the Duke of Norfolk School, with 90 taking part.

Glossop Rotary Club’s biggest event has raised almost £250,000 for charities since it was first held 39 years ago.

After Sunday’s ’40th’, Rotarians were confidently claiming the quarter of a million pound barrier had been broken.

It was good news for this year’s beneficiaries, the Glossop branch of the charity ‘Heads Together’ and the Winnie Mabasa Foundation.

Heads Together is a support group for people living with a stroke or head injury, providing a place to meet and days out.

While the foundation is a charity run by Lisa Ashton of Glossop which provides love and support to vulnerable and orphaned children in South Africa particularly those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.

A warm day made for a good crowd, with the drinks’ station a popular stopping point for most of the joggers.

The ‘Jog’ stemmed from an idea by the late Rotarian Peter Wood, who took part in the run practically every year up until his death last year.

Here are more pictures as runners joined in the Glossop Jog. Can you spot yourself?