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Big Stockport events

In this post I wanted to share the latest events programme launched by Stockport Sports Trust, where I am a Director and Trustee.

Inspired by London 2012? Want to become more physically active? Want to raise money for a charity that is close to you? Want to challenge yourself? More details including how to register at:

In summary, options are:

The Big Stockport Walk – 9th September 2012
Distance: 10 Miles
Start Time: From 10.00am until 12.00 noon
Entry Cost: £5.00

The Big Stockport Cycle – 16th September 2012
Distance: 20 Miles
Start Time: From 10.00am until 11:30am
Entry Cost: £10.00

The Big Stockport Run – 23rd September 2012
Distance: 10km
Start Time: 10.00am
Entry Cost: £12 reduced to £10 for runners registered with England Athletics.

Already, there seems a possibility of a reunion of some of the County Charity Cycle participants. At the timing of writing I think I might just consider all three!

Register and pay before 31st July to be in with a chance of gaining £500 for your chosen charity. I’m going to do them for a new social enterprise in Stockport that I’ve agreed to be Director to.

Proud to be “County”

Once again our fans show that they are the best.  Brilliant County fans….and a few other clubs’ supporters besides.  The inaugural “County Charity Cycle” from Stockport County FC to Southport FC was a resounding success.  Last Saturday, all 70 cyclists completed the course (48.7 miles) without any major incidents and judging by the pledges the Organisers hope that the fundraising targets will be reached.  It’s not too late to show your appreciation by making a donation in recognition of these sterling efforts.  Please visit:

The fundraising event was set up to raise monies towards St Ann’s Hospice and Stockport County Supporters Co-operative.  Everybody really enjoyed the day and it is hoped that this may become an annual fixture.  The photograph attached shows the start of the race outside Edgeley Park with Rob Clare heading the field.

Sarah Bennett, Community Fundraising Officer for St Ann’s Hospice said “I just wanted to say congratulations on the event on Saturday. Not only did the weather hold off but everyone made it to the match (eventually!) in one piece! Please extend my thanks to all your volunteers and associated partners for the ride.”

Adrian Stores, Director, Stockport County Supporters Co-operative commented: “This really showed what Stockport County fans are all about. Everyone is justifiably proud of the day.”

In addition, other feedback includes:

“Just wanted to say a massive thank you for arranging the County Charity Cycle. I thought it was great turn out for its first year and the morale on the day was great – I loved it!”

“Many thanks for an extremely enjoyable event on Saturday.  It was extremely well organised and a real success.”

“Many thanks for putting on such an enjoyable event last Saturday.”

“Fabulous day, what County is all about IMVHO”.

Bike ride photographs are on:

‘Port to ‘Port by Bike

On Saturday 17th March 2012, Stockport County supporters are getting on their bikes for the “County Charity Cycle” to raise money for good causes.  The bike ride will follow a route from Stockport County FC’s stadium at Edgeley Park to Southport FC’s ground at Haig Avenue, ahead of the fixture between both teams in the Blue Square Premier League.  Co-ordinated by County fans, Russ Johnson, David Roe and Adrian Stores; and Amanda Brown from St Ann’s Hospice, the event will raise money for St Ann’s Hospice and Stockport County Supporters’ Co-operative.

Catering for leisurely, fun cyclists and more seasoned riders, the ride is open to all who want to join in.  Anyone wishing to take part should be 16 years of age or over.  Cost of entry is £15 and all riders gain free entry into the match, courtesy of Southport Football Club. Southport’s Director and Commercial Manager, Haydn Preece, comments: “Of course we will give free entry for those cycling as fundraisers on the day”. The selected route covers a total of 46.7 miles, and is flat.

The generous sponsors assisting the County Charity Cycle include Bullocks and P Fahey & Sons (who will return the cyclists and their bikes respectively to Stockport), Parfetts, Life Leisure and Decathlon. County’s Commercial Manager, Rob Clare said “I think a cycle ride to Southport sounds like a good idea and St Ann’s Hospice would appreciate some extra support”. He has agreed to cycle himself.  The leading fundraisers from males and females will receive a special, limited edition “26 – Cycling” 3 piece kit from the Olympic Range of clothing kindly donated by Adidas.  More details are available at: 

St Ann’s Hospice provides care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers. All its services are free of charge and it has to raise £16,000 each day to provide these.  St Ann’s Hospice cares and helps around 3,000 patients (over the age of 16) every year affected by cancer and non-cancer life limiting illnesses. The Hospice provides care on three sites and in people’s own homes, working in partnership with acute hospitals, primary care trusts, community services and voluntary organisations. St Ann’s Hospice celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011. St Ann’s Hospice is the adopted Charity of Stockport County Football Club in 2012-2013.

Stockport County Supporters Co-operative is the democratic and representative voice of the supporters of Stockport County Football Club, with objectives to strengthen the bonds between the Club and the community which it serves.  It is organising a variety of community initiatives and shows that supporters are working to preserve the Club, which it sees as a vital asset of the community of Stockport, for future generations.


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