Fun run is great success 

One Bolton 5k run
Bolton Wanderers’ goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen with the Mayoress of Bolton, Councillor Lynda Byrne, the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne and Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies.

More than 300 people joined in the first ever One Bolton 5k race on Sunday, May 8.

Bolton Wanderers’ star Kevin Davies, goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne started the race.

Kevin and goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen joined the strong crowd to participate in the One Bolton 5k with their wives and children before sampling the family activities which were on offer at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton Council’s Chief Executive Sean Harriss also joined in, finishing the race with a time of 26 minutes and six seconds.

The winner was Bolton United Harriers’ Anthony Valentine, who ran the course in 16 minutes and two seconds.

The run, which was supported by the Cooperative Membership, was organised by Bolton Wanderers’ Community Trust (BWCT) and Bolton Council, in partnership with Active Synergy, a social enterprise which delivers sporting events across the North West.

The hundreds of runners and walkers who took part raised thousands of pounds for their chosen charity or their own groups.

Both runners and spectators also enjoyed a variety of family activities, including fairground rides, water zorbing, a climbing wall, and a bucking bronco.

There was also entertainment in and around the stadium from local acts including Monica Ballani’s Dancing Divas and Halliwell Street Dancers, with music provided by Bolton FM.

More than 40 people also took part in the 2012 metre family fun run.

One Bolton is about celebrating the strength of Bolton's diversity and the community coming together to ensure Bolton continues to be a great place to live and work.

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: "The One Bolton 5k Run was our first ever sporting event aimed at bringing the community together and we are delighted that it was such a success. We’d like to thank everyone who took part in the 5k run and also the family fun run and we're so pleased that money was raised for a whole variety of good causes. We'd also like to thank those who came down to cheer on their family and friends on the day and hope that they enjoyed all the fun activities.”

Wanderers’ star Kevin Davies added: “It was a great day for the local community and a brilliant opportunity for people to get active with their families and raise money for important causes at the same time. My family and I wanted to come along to show our support and to highlight the importance of One Bolton.”

The One Bolton 5k event also coincided with the launch of Active Families – a new Premier League funded health project delivered by BWCT to raise awareness of health issues in Bolton, provide physical activity for families across the borough and offer both education and opportunities for them to spend quality time together, enriching their lives for a healthier future.

There are seven more Co-operative Legacy Events this summer across the North West, including in East Manchester and Leigh. People can find out more or enter online.

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