Saddleworth runners put best foot forward in Milltown to Moors Oldham Half Marathon

TONY GREENE had the distinction of being the oldest competitor in the Milltown to Moors Oldham Half Marathon which attracted 434 runners.

The 72-year-old from Fenthorne Hall, Uppermill, was one of 22 members from Saddleworth Runners to take part in the challenging 13.1mile run.

Tony came home in 2hrs 12min 2sec which he was disappointed with as in his prime he was able to cover the distance in around 1hr 40min.

He was full of praise for race director Alan Keane who revived the half marathon in 2012.

Tony said: “Alan had put in a lot of effort and reversed the slide. When I previously did it, the numbers were down to less than 100, but now they are up to nearly 500.

“I am proud to be part of the run and I can only see it going from strength to strength in future years.”

(photos courtesy of Nigel Wood

Another local group heavily involved were Greenfield Greyhounds, a running group begun for beginners by Colin Green in 2011.

Colin, a physiotherapist, began the group when his sister-in-law Victoria Yates wanted to run when she was recovering from breast cancer.

It began with her and a handful of friends, but today has 550 Facebook followers with 40/50 attending runs each Tuesday night.

There were around 10 greyhounds in the half marathon with Allan Parkin their leading finisher in 1:32.13.

Greyhounds meet each Tuesday night at Greenfield Conservative Club with beginners gathering at 6.30pm and others at 7pm and 7.30pm. Subs are £1 per week.

There is a Facebook page greenfieldgreyhoundsrunninggroup and other enquiries to colin@greenfieldgreyhounds.co.uk

Salford Harriers were the winners of both the men and women’s races, Nathan Kilcourse clocking 1:13.42 and Hayley Kuter 1:23.46 as she was sixth overall.

The Milltown to Moors is a series of races at 7k, 10k and half marathon and the women’s overall winner is Tanya Haynes, of Saddleworth Runners, for the best results in the three runs.

 

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