Running transforms the life of Michelle

SEPTEMBER was a busy month for Mossley AFC Running Club and in particular Michelle Styan who competed in a race every Sunday except one when she was on holiday.

Michelle joined the beginners’ group 12 months ago and at that time the run/walk programme was a massive challenge for her.

Runners at the Hoylake 10k

Now she is a regular at 10k events. Her personal commitment lately was to run one 10k event per month. However in September she competed in three.

Helen Gregory came first in the F45 age category and 31st place overall in the Salford 10k that attracted three thousand runners.

The Mossley runners were: Adam Battersby 39.16, Helen Gregory 43.58; Shaun Mason 45.24, Colin Edwards 46.36, Lee Birmingham 49.00, Stuart Williamson 52.46, Julie Williamson 56.08, Sharon White 56.41, Harvey Nuttall 58.19, Hayley McLeod 1.06, Kerry Seel 1.07, Julie Blewitt 1.13 and Michelle Styan 1.16.

Twenty members took part in the Wythenshawe Ladies 10K which had the best goodie bag by far this season.

Those taking part were: Helen Wrigley, Alison Frost, Nicola Steen, Hannah Ellis, Kerry Seel, Claire Taylor, Lesley Moreland, Hayley McLeod, Janice Pollard, Yvonne Cox, Hazel Homer, Joahanna Shaw, Nicola White, Sharon White, Julie Williamson, Michelle Darragh-Phillips, Lisa Matthews, Catherine Heal, Ann Warburton and Lisa McCabe.

Father and son, Steve and Paul Bates were among around 60,000 to compete in the Great North Run.

It took the pair 50 minutes after the race began to reach the start line such was the congestion.

Mossley group at the Wythenshawe Ladies 10k

Paul struggled with a recent injury in the last three miles, but they both finished together in 2.15.

Three runners competed in the 10k race of the English Half Marathon event in Warrington. They were: Catherine Heal 1.09, Michelle Styan 1.16 and Lorraine Gibbs 1.18.

And six took part in the Hoylake 10k that raised finds for the upkeep of a weekly special needs club.

They were: Angela Wood, Helen Gregory, Colin Edwards, Julie Blewitt, Ian Blewitt and Michelle Styan.

The club has started a ‘Finding Your Feet’ programme that is similar to Couch to 5K with 12 new member enrolled.

October also brings the Chester Marathon for six runners, Oldham Half Marathon and the Manchester Half Marathon which take place on the same date.


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