The race is on to save their church

200 runners raising money for the local St Thomas' Church at the Heptonstall Fell Race
200 runners raising money for the local St Thomas' Church at the Heptonstall Fell Race
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TWO hundred runners raised over £1,000 for their local church at the Heptsonstall Fell Race.

Volunteers wanted raise the case after Howard Pask, Vicar of St Thomas’s Church, and churchwarden Graham Kidd outlined the church’s financial needs at a public meeting last year.

Organiser and fell racer, Steve Grimley, said: “It had been a pipe dream but the meeting made us realise that we had to get on with it, and galvanised us into action.”

The fastest finishing time of the 15.4 mile circuit was just under two hours, run by Ben Mounsey of the Calder Valley Fell Runners.

Mr Grimley added: “The church is one of the pillars of the community and we’d like to see it not only survive, but thrive.

“Next year we’d like to involve the community even more – possibly including a junior race and a fun run – to make it an even more vibrant, connected and healthy place to live.”

The next event will be a play at the church on July 7 and 8 called ‘A Warning Against Idle Gossip’, written by local playwright Michael Crowley.