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Styal Running Club Food Bank Run 2023

The Food Bank Run is a new movement that is gaining pace in 2023. Created off the back of a run started several years ago by Hampshire based running club, Fareham Running Club, they are now encouraging every club, group and food bank to link up and create their own Food Bank Run. Around 450 clubs have signed up to support this great cause.  Further information here

More than 2 million people use food banks, and this is increasing. February has typically been a month when food bank use is high, but donations are low so Food Bank Runs are particularly encouraged this month. 

Styal members collected items at our club runs (Tuesday and Thursdays) throughout the month of February, as well as our Food Bank Run. The collection point at Wilmslow Phoenix  welcomed donations from all who use the facilities. We took these donations to the local food banks (including Hope Central, Foodfriend and The Trussell Trust). 

Food banks regularly ask for: 

Food- cereals (low sugar, high fibre options), tinned soup and stew, pasta, rice and pasta sauce, tinned meat and fish, tinned vegetables and beans, tinned spaghetti, tinned fruit, condiments and spices, cooking oil, broth and stock, instant mash potato, rice and sponge puddings, jelly, custard, jam, biscuits. All items should be non-perishable and in date. 

Drinks- tea bags, small jars of instant coffee, granulated sugar, UHT milk, diluting juice, 100% fruit juice 

Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste

Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid, antibacterial cleaning sprays

Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons

Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food

Pet food- tinned and dried food (cat and dog food), cat litter

Styal Running Club organised a Food Bank Run on Saturday 25th February at 10am. It was an unofficial fun run of approximately 4 miles, and we welcomed support from non-runners transporting items and promoting the event. ​

More info here:


The Race to the World Cup



Styal Running Club ran 4360.4 miles over 24 days - all the way to the World Cup in Qatar.

We reached Doha at noon on Sunday 20 November 2022  - well in time for the first match!

The funds raised will go to The Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Unit at The Christie. The activity fund allows the team to create activities which help to make the experience of having cancer and treatment bearable. Last year for the first time ever, the unit did not have enough funds to make Christmas special for their patients, so through this challenge and your generous donations, we can help ensure this doesn't happen again.

Gary Tait, from Cheadle Hulme, has competed in the Age Group Masters competition, a team event organised by England Athletics, in the Wales 10k in Tenby on July 3rd 2022.


Gary is one of Styal Running Club’s star senior athletes, having completed his first London Marathon in just over 3 hours 15 minutes last October. In April he ran the Manchester Marathon to an outstanding personal best of 2.59.30. In 2022 he has also achieved personal bests in several half marathon, 10k and 5k races, which enabled him to qualify for selection. Gary ran in the V55 (55-64 age group) team in Tenby.

England Athletics created the event as a positive encouragement for older runners:


“We recognise that a significant amount of the membership of road running clubs is made up of runners aged over thirty-five years. The Age Group Masters competition programme recognises and rewards the contribution that these runners make to our sport. Through an annual rolling programme of qualifying events and representative opportunities we provide Masters runners with a friendly competition format and the chance to earn themselves an England Age Group Masters vest.”    


Read a report on the event here



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