THE camaraderie of team mates ensured Mossley AFC Running Club’s Steven Grainger completed his first marathon at Chester in a time of four hours and six minutes.
Steven’s body gave up after 25 miles and clubmate Angela Dewhurst, who was close by, refused to leave his side.
Then when reaching the racecourse finish, Gareth Chew and Chris Phillips, who had finished the 26.2 miles, took Steven off Angela’s hands and helped him through the last half mile, great sportsmanship from all three of them.
Chris Phillips was the leading Mossley finisher in a new personal best time of 3hrs 11min with Gareth Chew clocking 3.12.
Joe Carroll, who only took up running at the beginning on the year, finished his first marathon in an amazing time of 3.35. There was also a first marathon for Angela Dewhurst in 4.05.
Mark Egerton pulled up with an injury after 17 miles, but struggled through the remainder walking/jogging to cross the line in 4.32.
In the Manchester Half Marathon, Stephen Homer ran his second 13.1-mile race to raise money for The Monday Club’s Christmas party, a weekly club held at the football club for people with special needs.
Danielle Allen, Rebecca Andrews and Claire Kinder all ran their first half marathons to raise money for Children in Need.
Other Mossley runners in the field were Dominique Burney, Lesley Moreland, Jonathan Charles, Julie and Stuart Williamson, Angela Wood, Adam Battersby and Stephen Lee.
On the same day that her husband Stephen Homer was running the Manchester Half Marathon, Hazel completed the Oldham Half Marathon raising £620 for the Monday Club’s Christmas party.
Helen Gregory was timed at 1.57 and was first in her age category, Pam Hollingsworth ran his first half and Carol Jones raised money for the Children’s Cancer Charity.
Other Mossley runners in the Oldham half were Nicola Steen, John Hanlon, Barry Handley, Lee Birmingham, Andrew Charlesworth and Claire Taylor.
Colin Edwards took part in the Cardiff half marathon in 1.52.
Lindsay Morris, Stephanie Hannington and Michelle Styan ran in the Rochdale 10k.
Mossley runners Mark Egerton, Chris Phillips, Stephen Lee and Gareth Chew all finished in the top 30 out of 120 runners in the Holmfirth 10k. Gareth achieved another sub 40 minute time finishing fourth in the overall race.
Nicola Steen and daughter Ellyn, Dominique Burney and daughters Honey and Nicole competed in the Heaton Park Halloween Fun Run, a two-mile event with proceeds to the Dreams Come True Charity.
Joe Carroll ran the Stanah Park five miler in 33.58.