Combs Runners Take on Great North Run, Buxton Advertiser

30th Sep 2011


Novice runners from Combs take on Great North Run, helped by High Peak Villages Games Officer, Emma Beswick, featured in the Buxton Advertiser on Sept 18th 2011.

Five members of a new running club in Combs, who only started running a few months ago, are taking on the challenge of the Great North Run today, (Sunday).

Kerry Gyte, Ann Lomas, Gillian Simpson, Mike Davis and Sarah Smith had little previous running experience, but helped by High Peak Village Games officer Emma Beswick they were put in touch with Liz Stillo, a jog Derbyshire leader who has worked with them to prepare the half marathon.

Now some of the group are busy raising funds for Cancer Research UK in memory of local man Richard Barratt, who died earlier this year.

Liz said: “The group have worked really hard. We started off with some small routes, building up to our longest run two weeks ago which was 11 miles. We have now tapered down and will just do a small route again this week.”

Chapel Leisure Centre has also supported them by giving the group members free membership to the gym and all its classes.

To help support their fundraising efforts, you can sponsor them online at