Green-fingered Altrincham runners race for charity

By Kathryn Cummings, Robin Scott, Jamie Holt & Brendan Mcfadden

Green-fingered runners from Altrincham Garden Centre will be hoping to raise money for their charity of the year in the BUPA Great Manchester Run later this month.

Staff are running to raise money for Greenfingers, a charity which builds magical gardens and tranquil spaces for children’s hospices.

Alex Guy, manager of the centre on Green Lane in Timperley, said eight members of staff have volunteered for the run on Sunday, May 15.

He said: “I am extremely proud of the eight members of staff who have signed up for the 10K run.”

Stephen Avent, Lauren Davies, Amanda Williams, Leigh Redgrave, Laura Howarth, Paul Tomlinson, Jenny Johnson and Jack Raftery are all taking part from the garden centre.

Assistant Manager Stephen Avent said they hoped to raise £2-3,000 and quite a rivalry was developing over who might finish first.

 “There’s a bit of jesting going on. We all want to come first, it’s especially competitive between the lads,” he added.

Stephen said he was up to 5K in training and it was quite tough but he was confident that he’d be able to finish on the day.

The 10k Bupa Great Manchester Run starts on Portland Street near the junction with Oxford Road and finishes on Deansgate.

Three big screens will show the run live in Manchester city centre from 9am on race-day, with the event underway from 10:34am.

Greenfingers was launched in 1998 and is run by a volunteer management committee drawn from all sectors of the gardening industry.

Deborah Skillicorn, Director of Marketing and Fundraising, said: “I’m very thankful to have runners taking part.

“Staff at garden centres are really busy at this time of year. It’s great that they’ve found the time to do this for us. I’m just so thrilled.”

Altrincham Garden Centre will also be holding a fundraising weekend on Saturday, May 7, 11am – 4pm, and Sunday, May 8, 11am – 3pm, featuring a barbecue and a range of children’s activities.

To sponsor the runners contact the garden centre on 0161 980 6036 or visit

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