Springhill Hospice to benefit from Cowm Reservoir race

Date published: 10 December 2018

Springhill Hospice is to benefit from the efforts of runners taking part in a 5K Race at Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth.

The Bernadette Bower 'Life for a Life' Tree 5K is to celebrate the life of Bernadette Bower and commemorate the determination she showed in her fight against cancer. Bernadette raced around Cowm with her husband and children on many occasions with the Andems Runners; even racing around the reservoir the day she finished her radiotherapy when she thought she had beaten cancer.


Bernadette Bower running at Cowm Reservoir
Bernadette Bower running at Cowm Reservoir


Race organiser Andy O’Sullivan MBE, who organises Andems Races at Cowm Reservoir every Wednesday, said: “Springhill Hospice does exceptional good for those with life threatening illnesses. It also looks after patients’ families and is a haven of serenity for all concerned.

“We expect to raise around £1,000 from Bernadette’s Memorial 5K.

“Special thanks go to Tia and Clare from United Utilities for their support.”

The Race will be the 668th charity race organised by Andy since 1983. Before the race begins, there will be a tree planting ceremony in memory of Bernadette, from which the race will start a short walk away, with the tree marking the finish line.

The proceeds will go to Springhill Hospice, who cared for Bernadette and her husband Garry during the last 4 weeks of her life and continued to care for Garry after Bernadette passed away.

The race starter will be Bernadette’s husband, Garry.

The Life for a Life race starts at 11am on Saturday 15 December from the Cock & Magpie Pub, Cock Hall Lane, Whitworth, OL12 8BJ.

Entry fee is £5.00 to affiliated and £7.00 to unaffiliated.

Entries can be made in the morning at the Cock & Magpie.

For more information on this race and how to enter before the day:

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