EXCITING news for Mossley AFC Running Club as they have been nominated for club of the year, part of the annual Pride of Tameside Sports Awards.
It is the 17th year for the awards that recognise and celebrate sports people who have given their time and commitment to sport throughout the borough.
And it is great testimony to Mossley AFC Running Club, formed less than two years ago, that they have been shortlisted for the top club award.
Other categories are coach of the year, sports achiever, disabled sports achiever, Alex Williams volunteer of the year, unsung hero, changing lifestyle special recognition award, school commitment to PE and sport award.
The awards evening is on Friday, September 22 and everyone at Mossley AFC Running club is rooting for them.
Ten Mossley runners took part in the Dublin Rock and Roll Half Marathon and for some it was their first ever half 13.1 mile run.
Alison Haynes, Yvonne Phoenix, Claire Taylor, Lisa Matthews and Joanne Allcock made the most of their trip to Dublin and enjoyed a girly break as well as the half marathon.
For Jenny Day, Steve and Paul Bates the trip was just a flying visit while Stephen and Hazel Homer included it in a family holiday.
For Stephen Homer this wasn’t just his first half marathon, but actually something he never thought he would do in his lifetime.
When Stephen joined the club in the early days he could barely run 100 yards, so to complete a half marathon was an utterly amazing achievement for him, in his own words: “It wasn’t pretty, I wasn’t quick, but I did it.”
Mark Porritt and David Broadbent have completed 10k races in recent weeks at Birchwood and Bollington. David clocked a new PB of 39.40 at Birchwood.
Three runners took along their furry friends to Heaton park to a 5k dog job race.
Alison Frost and 10-year-old Archie, Yvonne Pheonix and her rescue dog Milo, and Claire Taylor and Heath the boarder terrier. Milo was Yvonne’s lucky mascot on this day as she got a 5k PB of 23 minutes
August has also been a busy month for Mossley runners on holiday. Some dedicated runners packed their orange shirts and ran while away.
They included Paul Bates, Rhodes, Greece; Colin Edwards, Krakow, Poland; Ellie Bainbridge, Gran Canaria; Hannah Ellis, Florida; Helen and Robyn Gregory, Cottesloe Parkrun in Australia; Stuart and Julie Williamson, Sydney Harbour; Joe Carroll, who is in the middle of his marathon training managed 10 miles in Turkey; Shaun Mason, Orlando; Helen Wrigley, Robin Hoods Bay; Sophie Parks Neild, Oxfordshire; Steve Grainger, Devon; Andrew Charlesworth, Majorca; Mark Hanlon, Spain.