The hospice half — 20,000 quid!

haltonhavenFor the first time in our 32 year history we had to cancel our January Half Marathon because of treacherous snow and ice conditions. Many of our suppliers were incredibly generous in waiving their fees with just 24 hours notice of the cancellation, for which we thank them. Just as significant though were the individual small acts of kindness of our runners who chose to donate their refunds to charity.

Particular mention to our headline sponsor Essar, for their continued support for the race that never was — great to rely on them in these changing times.

With some swift programming from fabian4 we were able to offer automated refunds for participants (after costs for things like traffic closures, race numbers, chips, etc) …but we also gave our runners the option to donate their entry fees, which they did overwhelmingly by two to one!

What all this adds up to is that we were able to make our usual contributions to the community groups that normally help us out on the day and make two very significant donations to our bigger causes — the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford, Chester and Halton Haven, Runcorn — both providing incredible support to people with some serious health problems. Many of us in the club have been touched by the services they offer whether directly to loved ones or further afield to friends, neighbours, etc.

The two major donations of just over £10,100 each should make things easier for the two hospice organisations for a short time at least. Both hospices rely on donations to keep the doors open and it is a continuing challenge just to keep running, so were very pleased to be able to do our little bit. Rather than just post a cheque we decided to get a run in anyway and deliver the two cheques by hand…

hospiceSo it was that we met in Backford early on Sunday morning, 2 June. The cheque handed over and a lovely reception from the staff there and we set off into the sunshine, stopping off at the club some 8 miles later to pick up a couple more recruits and refresh with juice and jelly babies. We continued on familiar ground through Frodsham and out the other side towards Runcorn, with just a final miserable hill at 13 miles between ourselves and our final destination at Halton Haven …they all seem big after 2 hours running! Thanks to the 20 or so club stalwarts for turning out on Sunday morning for the Hospice Half, and for our drivers, photographers and juice providers. 14.6 miles all in, so a Long Half really!

Many thanks again to our suppliers, our race entrants and our supporters for making it possible and for the two hospices for looking after us so well. If you’re looking to do a bit of fundraising yourself we can’t think of a finer cause.

Lots more pictures from the day at

Tear down the wall – race prep evening

Simon from Up & Running Chester has been in touch…

I am just emailing to inform you of an event that we are holding at
the store which you and some of your members may find useful. It is
on Wednesday 10th April from 4.30pm to 7pm and is aimed at people
with events coming up in the next few months. It’s designed to give
lots of race day hints and tips and we have a nutrition expert from
Science in Sport coming to give a nutrition and hydration
presentation. We also have a local physio attending to help with any
injuries. I know many of your runners will be pretty experienced in
this sort of thing, but it may be quite helpful for some. The event
is completely FOC and for your information parking is free on Bridge
Street after 4.30pm.

If you would like any more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yours In Running,
Simon Short
Tel: 01244 345 812



10% discount at Triactive

More good news: the good folk at Triactive are offering 10% discount off regular prices to club members.

Gavin and Graham from Triactive are at Rufus Court, Chester CH1 2JW. Call 01244 313 777

Remember you can also get 10% discount at Up and Running on Bridge Street too. I know online shopping is often attractive, but it’s always nice to support real life shops too, and you can’t beat personal service with something like shoes.



Up & running — 10% discount

Up & Running have been in touch in connection with their new store opening in Chester next week. They’re keen to build bridges with local clubs and are offering 10% discount and a whole pile of other things…

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself and our company. My name is Simon, I am the manager of the new Chester branch of Up & Running.

Up & Running is a nationwide chain of specialist running retailers and we will be opening our 31st store in the centre of Chester on Saturday 11th August.

Excellent customer service is at the heart of our business. Our staff are expertly trained to ensure the best possible shoe fitting service for the needs of the individual, and we also specialise in excellent product knowledge. We don’t have a one size fits all policy, we listen to our customers, understand their training needs and goals, and advise accordingly.

I have worked for Up & Running for the past 3 years and I am delighted to be moving from a senior sales role in our Liverpool store to take up the manager’s position at the new Chester shop. What I aim to do is help build a link between Up & Running and the running and fitness community in Chester and surrounding areas.

We will be able to offer your members 10% discount on full priced product all year round. I would like to invite you and your members down to our opening weekend of 11th August when we will have some exceptional opening day offers.

In order to provide the best possible service for running locally, we welcome the opportunity to support your running club and build a lasting relationship where we both can benefit. A few of the ways we can help support your club:

  • Providing a year round 10% discount for all running club members, with first refusal on clearance deals
  • Promoting your club and events to customers on our database and via our
  • website and national social media
  • Carrying your club leaflets and application forms in store for any new runners
  • Providing support for your events (including race banners, race numbers,
  • prizes, hydration stations, etc)
  • Putting on in store promotions and possible late night openings where your
  • members can get extra discounts
  • Providing help, experience and knowledge on all things running, from injuries to all types of product and even training programmes
  • Putting on shoe testing events and technical days with top brands such as
  • Mizuno, Saucony and Brooks that your members could have exclusive access to
  • Providing events evenings, for example talks by Ron Hill and other high
  • profile stars.

Our website is

I look forward to hearing from you and hope that we can arrange something
together to help the running community.

Yours in Running,
Simon Short

Store Manager
Up & Running Chester
25 Bridge Street Row
Chester, CH1 1NW