Run in memory of John Purdy raises thousands for Springhill Hospice

Date published: 08 May 2019

A five-kilometre run in memory of John Purdy has raised over £2,000 for Springhill Hospice.

The John Purdy 5k on Sunday (5 May), in memory of the former Rochdale Harrier, took in two laps of the scenic Cowm Reservoir in Whitworth, raising £2,200 for the hospice.

John, a very popular member of staff at Hopwood Hall College, died last year after battling cancer and was cared for at Springhill Hospice.

His widow, Janet Purdy, was guest starter and presented prizes to the winners.

The race was won by former Rochdale Harrier Phil Williams, now with Lincoln Wellington, who won in 16.18 closely followed by Rochdale's David Proctor and Philip Hinchcliffe with 16.26 and 16.32, respectively.

Salford's Sophie Wood was first lady in a fine 17.52 and Rochdale Harriers won both the men and women’s team prizes.

Race organiser, Andy O'Sullivan said: “John Purdy was so popular; it was reflected in such a large turnout.”

An additional £110 was donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and £100 to Mollie Campbell, Whitworth’s silver medal Commonwealth athlete who hopes to make the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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