The youngsters of St Anne Tottington’s “God Squad” organised their 2nd event for the homeless: a marathon, albeit 26 of them running 1 mile each! This soon evolved into a challenge from the over 30s after vicar Hugh Bearn got wind of the event.

So with the facilities at Bury Athletic Club hired on Sunday 3rd September, a few arms twisted to run a mile, and Barnabus area manager Alison in attendance, the starter fired his gun and the race was on.

The early lead was held by the more experienced team, but youth slowly reduced the deficit and pulled away to win the race. It came as no great surprise that they also recorded the fastest male – Jack Griffiths, 5 mins 18 secs – and fastest lady – Hannah Price, 6 mins 26 secs.

Youth Team captain, Emma Morley received the winner’s trophy from Mayor of Bury, Councillor Dorothy Gunther.

There were numerous excellent performances – too many to report here – though the oldest competitor, Dorothy Heaney completed her mile to rapturous applause; and if proof were needed that home cooking is good for you, you need look no further than Gill Ormerod, who, with Judi Morley, baked a host of goodies for sale on the day, and then proceeded to smash the 8 minute barrier for her mile!!

The real winners however were the homeless, as over 250 items of clothing were donated to Barnabus with an additional £250 in cash from entry fees and the home-made refreshments sold on the day.