Bypass event was a runaway success

Following yesterday's rain we couldn't have wished for a better day for the Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley Bypass Run and Walk.

About 900 runners took part in the 5 mile road race this morning, raising over £8000 from the entry fees alone. In addition, thousands of pounds will have been raised by participants who collected sponsorship for their chosen charities.

The atmosphere was fantastic this morning as the crowds gathered for this unique event, and whilst we waited entertainment was provided by the Alderley District Scout Band. Village traders had stalls at either end of the bypass to provide refreshments, for both the runners and walkers, and Imagine FM were broadcasting live from the southern end.

The race winner was Ryan Holroyd, from Staffordshire Moorlands AC, who is destined to be a star of the future and completed the 5 miles in a very impressive time of 26 minutes and 26 seconds. He was followed by Stuart Doyle from Vale Royal AC in 27 minutes and 2 seconds and Mat Bigley from Macclesfield Harriers in 27 minutes and 4 seconds.

The first lady past the post was Christine Howard from Matlock AC with a time of 29 minutes and 50 seconds, followed in second place by Sharleen Hollinshead from Cheadle RC in thirty minutes and thirty nine seconds and Kath Lamplugh from Macclesfield Harriers was third with a time of 32 minutes and 1 second.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first ever road race and whilst running will not become a hobby of mine I was delighted to complete the race in 36 minutes and 56 seconds. Click here for the full race results.

This afternoon we caught the bus down to the northern end for the walk, the village was bustling and the atmosphere on the bypass was wonderful, as thousands of people had taken the opportunity to see the new road before it opens to traffic on November 19th.

I would like to congratulate the organisers: Alan Clarke from Nether Alderley Parish Council, Andrew Henshall from Alderley Edge Rotary Club, Malcolm Fowler from Wilmslow Running Club, Amy Willis from Seashell Trust, Sheila Hallas from the Combined Charities Christmas Shops, Wendy Harkin at Birse Civils, Doug Mackie at Cheshire East, Laurie Oatway of Wilmslow Lions, Mitch Gilbert from Alderley Trader's Association and all the other helpers who worked tirelessly to make today such a huge success. They did a wonderful job and enabled thousands of local people to not only mark this important occasion but raise a lot of money for charity.

In addition to the photos displayed above, if you would like to view a more extensive, full screen slideshow click here to view our collection on flickr

We will be also be publishing further articles about the Bypass Run and Walk this week, with aerial photographs and information about how much money raised.

If you took part in the run or walk today we hope you enjoyed it and please do share your experiences and views on the bypass event via the comment box below. If you have any good photos you would like to share please email them to us at

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Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Geoff Hall
Sunday 24th October 2010 at 8:18 pm
A great day out - and a small piece of local history after such a long battle to get the bypass - blessed with beautiful weather. We walked with friends down the bypass from the northern end and met more friends along the way. It was obvious that others were doing the same.

Maybe the bypass should be closed once a year for a repeat charity run/walk!
Mike Bird
Sunday 24th October 2010 at 9:17 pm
What a fantastic event. I would love to run this course again next year. The facilities (AZ parking etc) are spot on and the bypass would always be quiet on a Sunday morning. Please make this an annual celebration!
Sarah Lane
Sunday 24th October 2010 at 9:25 pm
A beautiful day for a long walk, maybe my Gran was the oldest person to be on the new bypass, she is 95. Such a happy day with everyone chatting and saying 'Hi' as they passed.

I am 41 now and have heard the 'new road' being spoken about since I was at school. Glad to see its finally almost open but also a little sad to see the beautiful countryside almost slashed in half but hopefully it will free Alderley to become a village again.
Christine Howard
Monday 25th October 2010 at 8:20 am
Today's 5 mile race was a great way of raising community funds on what turned out to be an excellently organised road race.The atmosphere was superb and it was good to see lots of newer runners having a go, hopefully with a view to doing more in the future.

My kids scootered almost the whole course which was totally safe to leave them on, making it a family friendly morning out. It's definately worth thinking about making it an annual event and diverting traffic once a year.
Kelvin Briggs
Monday 25th October 2010 at 9:46 am
Super event! A good number of Alderley Edge Hockey club members ran or walked the bypass rasing funds for our new artificial grass pitch project. We were also pleased to provide First Aid cover for the event at both ends of the bypass. We did have one lady casualty post race at the south end who required an ambulance and we all hope she makes a speedy recovery. A few lost children to manage and a couple plasters given out for the foot sore.

Annual event sound a great idea....hopefully by next year there will be trees planted to replace the many mature ones so sadly felled to make way for the road. Anybody know how many will be planted , what type and when?

Back to the radox!
Kath Lamplough
Monday 25th October 2010 at 7:09 pm
Thanks to all for a excellent day.
Karen Hyde
Monday 25th October 2010 at 7:57 pm
What a fabulous morning. I was a late entrant who promised to run as Gromit if my friends and colleagues made a donation to East Cheshire Hospice. Thank you all for your support - £230 raised plus I had a great morning run. Well done organisers - can we do it again next year?
Dave Clarke
Tuesday 26th October 2010 at 12:34 pm
A great day - looking forward to the 2011 event!
Lisa Reeves
Wednesday 27th October 2010 at 8:03 pm
Our photo above is right across the front page of this week's Wilmslow Express.

Just a shame didn't get any credit.