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Fun run was ‘a wonderful community event’

Jimmy Cricket started the race held to mark his 70th birthday

More than 100 runners – young and old – took part in the 5K charity fun run marking Jimmy Cricket’s 70th birthday.

They tackled two laps of the picturesque Cowm Reservoir in Whitworth, Lancashire, on Sunday.

The event was in aid of Francis House Children’s Hospice, which is based in south Manchester.

Legendary Irish comedian Jimmy, a long-standing supporter of the hospice, had originally been approached by Rochdale-based fundraiser Andy O’Sullivan about the prospect of a birthday race.

It’s not too late to enter Jimmy Cricket’s fun run

Jimmy Cricket

The day of the fun run (18 October) to mark Jimmy Cricket’s 70th birthday is nearly here! 

And there is still time to enter if you fancy a challenge – and help raise money for charity.

Junior race added to Jimmy Cricket fun run

The fun run being organised to mark famous comedian Jimmy Cricket’s 70th birthday will now include a junior race.

Jimmy Cricket

This additional event, which will be open to the Under-13s age group, will start 15 minutes before the main adult race and from the same starting point near to the Cock and Magpie in Whitworth.

It is scheduled for Sunday 18 October and will take place in Whitworth, near to where Jimmy lives in Rochdale.

The course the junior runners will follow will be one lap of Cowm Reservoir at approximately 2.5K, in contrast to the adults who will run two laps of the circuit.

Race organiser Andy O’Sullivan thought Jimmy’s 70th birthday fun run should be expanded to include a junior run to complement the adult one.

Jimmy, who was already down to start the main race marking his special birthday, will now also start the junior version, as well as welcoming home both sets of runners and handing out some of the prizes.

Andy said: “As this is turning into a family event, I thought it would be really nice to add a junior race. This means we are in keeping with the developing theme of the fun run, which is to attract from across the ages, whether you are going to come along to run or spectate.”

The form for Jimmy Cricket's 70th birthday fun runJimmy commented:  “From a seed of an idea suggested by Andy when I bumped into him during a walk in Healey Dell nearly a year ago, this fun run is now surprising me more and more as each week a new aspect is added.

“Only last month the Rossendale 2nd Scout Band said they would provide a few of their members to play at the event, and this week we have a junior race added to the event programme.

“It feels like there is only one place to be on the morning of October the 18th and that is at Cowm Reservoir!”

All proceeds from the run will be donated to the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester.

The entry fee to join Jimmy on this fun race is £4 to club runners and £6 to all others.The entry fee for the junior race is £2 (minimum age is eight). An additional £1 will be charged to entrants who turn up on the day. Prizes will be awarded to all race finishers.

For more information and for a copy of the entry form, please contact Andy O’Sullivan at info@andemsrunners.co.uk

Alternatively, you can download the form above by clicking on it, so it is on its own page, and then printing out (right click and print, or press “Ctrl” and “P”).

Rossendale Free Press previews charity fun run

Jimmy Cricket's forthcoming fun run featured in the Rossendale Free Press

The fun run to mark Jimmy Cricket’s 70th birthday has received more media coverage, with the Rossendale Free Press featuring a story on the special event in its 4 September edition.

It is scheduled for Sunday 18 October and will take place in Whitworth, near to where famous comedian Jimmy lives in Rochdale.The form for Jimmy Cricket's 70th birthday fun run

The course will take in two laps of Cowm Reservoir, which is in the Rossendale Borough district and why the Free Press featured the event. Jimmy himself lives on the border of Rochdale and Rossendale.

Andy O’Sullivan, the race organiser,  and Jimmy will be on hand to start the race and to welcome home not only the victors, but all the runners who participate in the event.

All proceeds from the run will be donated to the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester.

The entry fee to join Jimmy on this fun race is £4 to club runners and £6 to all others. An additional £1 will be charged to entrants who turn up on the day. Prizes will be awarded to all race finishers.

For more information and for a copy of the entry form, please contact Andy O’Sullivan at info@andemsrunners.co.uk

Alternatively, you can download the form above right by clicking on it, so it is on its own page, and then printing out (right click and print, or press “Ctrl” and “P”).

Jimmy Cricket’s charity fun run to get band aid

2nd Rossendale Scout Band

The fun run to mark comedian Jimmy Cricket’s 70th birthday will be a musical affair.

The 2nd Rossendale Scout Band (above) are to provide music throughout the lead-up to the race on 18 October and during the run itself.

The whole event is being organised by Rochdale-based race organiser Andy O’Sullivan. The 5K run will start near the Cock and Magpie pub in Whitworth and take in two laps of a course which circles the picturesque Cowm Reservoir.

The form for Jimmy Cricket's 70th birthday fun run

Its main aim is to raise funds for charity. Jimmy, who turns 70 on the eve of the race, is a huge supporter of the Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Also present on the day will be Roch Valley Radio, representatives from Francis House and, of course, Jimmy himself – he will start the race and present prizes to the winners.

The leader of the 2nd Rossendale Scout Band, Graham Helms, said: “When I heard about the race I thought it would be great for the band to get involved as I have known Jimmy for a number of years and he is such a great person, as well as a tremendous entertainer.

“I now will have to put my thinking cap on for appropriate race music, which might feature the William Tell Overture when Jimmy starts the race off!”

Jimmy said: “I am just thrilled Graham and his band are coming along to add to the atmosphere of the event and to help make it more of a spectacle.

“The event is definitely building and even if you don’t know a runner taking part in the fun run, why not come along and enjoy all that is going on and raise a few quid for a great cause.”

The entry fee to take part in this fun race is £4 to club runners and £6 to all others. An additional £1 will be charged to entrants who turn up on the day. Prizes will be awarded to all race finishers. Jimmy will be there to send runners on their way and also greet them as they finish.

For more information and for a hard copy of the entry form (above), please contact Andy O’Sullivan at info@andemsrunners.co.uk

Rochdale Observer continues build-up to birthday fun run

The Rochdale Observer published a story about Jimmy Cricket's charity fun run

Jimmy Cricket’s local newspaper has published a story about the famous entertainer’s charity fun run, which takes place on Sunday 18 October.

The Rochdale Observer report went in the 7 August edition of the paper and featured more build-up  to the special event, which will mark Jimmy’s 70th birthday.

The form for Jimmy Cricket's 70th birthday fun run

The 5K race  around the Cowm Reservoir in Whitworth, East Lancashire, will be in aid of his preferred charity, the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester.

Rochdale-based Jimmy said: “Interest in the event is growing and this article features a local Rochdale lady who using my 70th birthday fun run as a goal in her quest to get healthier and lose weight!”

The entry fee to join Jimmy on this fun race is £4 to club runners and £6 to all others. An additional £1 will be charged to entrants who turn up on the day. Prizes will be awarded to all race finishers.

For more information and for a copy of the entry form, please contact Andy O’Sullivan at info@andemsrunners.co.uk

Alternatively, you can download the form above right by clicking on it, so it is on its own page, and then printing out (right click and print, or press “Ctrl” and “P”).

Run will be fun… and is a great way to get healthy!

Jimmy Cricket with race organiser Andy O'Sullivan, runner Jo Davies, her two children - Lucas Davies and Lillie Mai Davies - and Daniel Barker at the scene of the fun run near Cowm Reservoir

It won’t only be seasoned club runners who take to the starting line this autumn for the fun run being organised to mark famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket’s 70th birthday.

Some people – including Whitworth resident Jo Davies – will also be using the event on 18 October in a bid to get healthier.

Jo saw the run advertised in a local Rochdale magazine and thought it would be a good goal for her as she has never been a runner and a few months ago started light jogging in response to a major health scare at the end of last year.

The mum of three has already lost 18lb in weight since April and now hopes to continue to build her stamina up in preparation for the 5k course, which Jimmy’s birthday fun run will follow around Cowm Reservoir in Whitworth.The form for Jimmy Cricket's 70th birthday fun runJo was equally drawn to the run as the event is in aid of the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester and she has received pledges of £200 in sponsorship from friends and family to encourage her to do it.

She said: “In December last year I was advised my weight was one of the contributing factors to my health scare, so I said then I was going to do something about this for both myself and my children.

“In April I set myself a goal and so the exercise and healthy eating began. When I saw the article about this 5K run, I thought ‘come on you can do this in three months’ time!’

“I also think that the charity Francis House is an amazing charity and I decided to fund-raise for this as an extra motivation to complete the 5k.”

Rochdale-based entertainer Jimmy said: “I am thrilled this race is now being considered throughout the community. I understand Jo has also roped in one of her friends, her brother and step-dad to also take part in the run, so what a great supporting team she has lined up for the occasion!

“This is great to hear as the idea behind the fun run is to make it more of a community event to mark my birthday. This is why it is really fantastic Roch Valley Radio [which broadcasts to Fairfield General Hospital in Bury 24 hours a day] are coming along to set up their roadshow and that the fund-raising team from Francis House are going to be present too. 

“Add in the nearby Cock and Magpie pub – who are arranging some post-race entertainment – and this is turning out to be a fun-filled event for everyone.”

Jimmy is pictured above with race organiser Andy O’Sullivan, runner Jo Davies, her two children – Lucas Davies and Lillie Mai Davies – and Daniel Barker at the scene of the fun run near Cowm Reservoir.

The entry fee to take part in this fun race is £4 to club runners and £6 to all others. An additional £1 will be charged to entrants who turn up on the day. Prizes will be awarded to all race finishers. Jimmy will be there to send runners on their way and also greet them as they finish.

For more information and for a hard copy of the entry form (above), please contact Andy O’Sullivan at info@andemsrunners.co.uk

Fun run build-up covered by Athletics Weekly

The Rochdale Observer reported on Jimmy Cricket's forthcoming fun run

Jimmy Cricket has a new claim to fame after appearing in the Athletics Weekly magazine.

Athletics Weekly reported on Jimmy Cricket's forthcoming fun run

The publication devoted to all things relating to running published an article (right) earlier this month featuring Jimmy’s 70th birthday fun run that will be held in Whitworth, near Rochdale, on October 18.

It also reported on Jimmy’s visit to the location that will act as the starting point and finish line for the fun run – the Cock & Magpie public house.

The Rochdale Observer, Jimmy’s  local newspaper, also covered this ‘four months to go’ milestone (top).

Famous entertainer Jimmy said: “All this build-up coverage of my birthday fun run was quite remarkable and a big thanks should go to Andy O’Sullivan, who arranged this preview for me and who will be the race organiser for the event in the autumn.”The form for Jimmy Cricket's 70th birthday fun run

The 5K race will be in aid of his preferred charity, the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester.

The entry fee to join Jimmy on this fun race is £4 to club runners and £6 to all others. An additional £1 will be charged to entrants who turn up on the day. Prizes will be awarded to all race finishers.

For more information and for a copy of the entry form, please contact Andy O’Sullivan at info@andemsrunners.co.uk

Or you can download the form above right by clicking on it, so it is on its own page, and then printing out (right click and print, or press “Ctrl” and “P”).

Jimmy Cricket birthday fun run plans gather pace

Jimmy Cricket and runners outside the Cock & Magpie pub in WhitworthComedian Jimmy Cricket has visited the start and finish location for the charity fun run which will mark his 70th birthday.

The well-known entertainer went to see the Cock & Magpie pub in Whitworth, where the runners will set off on the morning of 18 October for a 5K race in aid of his preferred charity, the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester.

Belfast-born and Rochdale-based Jimmy will be on hand to wave off the runners and to meet them when they return.

The race is being organised by local race organiser Andy O’Sullivan who has plotted out a 5K course that takes in the breath-taking scenery around Cowm Reservoir – the race will involve two laps of this magnificent beauty spot.

With just four months to go, Jimmy met Andy and also Chris, who is the landlord of the Cock & Magpie on Tonge Lane End. Jimmy then met some runners (above) who are hoping to participate in the event.

Andy said: “It was great for Jimmy to visit the location I’ve chosen for his race. I am just thrilled this event is taking shape and the run will just be a nice way to mark this great man’s contribution to Rochdale, while raising a few quid for such a worthy cause as Francis House.”

Jimmy said: “I am thrilled to be marking my birthday in such a fantastic way. It is amazing what can come out of taking a walk into Healey Dell Nature Reserve and bumping into Andy O’Sullivan!

“But seriously, this idea has been in the pipeline for around a year and I am pleased we are at that point where the event is not too far away.

“Even if you are not a dedicated runner, come along and enjoy a leisurely jog around a course which is stunning. Better still, why not come along as a spectator and support all the runners, as in this way you can still contribute to the event and help us raise lots of money!”

David Ireland, chief executive at Francis House, said: “Jimmy has supported Francis House over many years and helped raise thousands of pounds towards the care we provide to sick children, young people and their families.The form for Jimmy Cricket's 70th birthday fun run

“We’d like to express our grateful thanks to Jimmy, Andy and the team at the Cock and Magpie for organising the fun run. We hope lots of people will take part, enjoy the day and show their support.”

The entry fee to join Jimmy on this fun race is £4 to club runners and £6 to all others. An additional £1 will be charged to entrants who turn up on the day. Prizes will be awarded to all race finishers.

For more information and for a copy of the entry form, please contact Andy O’Sullivan at info@andemsrunners.co.uk

Or you can download the form above right by clicking on it, so it is on its own page, and then printing out (right click and print, or press “Ctrl” and “P”).

Fun run poster flags up birthday charity event

The special poster publicising the charity fun run being organised to mark Jimmy Cricket's 70th birthday in OctoberA special poster has been produced to publicise the 5K charity fun run being organised to mark Jimmy Cricket’s 70th birthday in October.

The event is being arranged in Jimmy’s adopted hometown of Rochdale in Greater Manchester by a seasoned run organiser called Andy O’Sullivan, who is not only associated with the local Rochdale Harriers running club, but who has also been awarded the MBE for all the fundraising he has done over the years.

Famous Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy will turn 70 on 17 October 2015 and his birthday race will take place the following day.

The location of the start will be the Cock & Magpie pub in Whitworth, near Jimmy’s beloved Healey Dell Nature Reserve where he is often spotted walking and taking in the beautiful surroundings.

He will be there in person to start the race off at 11.30am, with the route planned to take in two laps of Cowm Reservoir, ensuring the race will be a true 5K.

Jimmy said:  “A big thank you to Rachel –  one of the charity’s trainee fundraisers – for producing a nice flyer for the event (above right).

“Naturally, I will be on hand to start the race off outside the Cock & Magpie public house and welcome back the winners after two laps of this stunning water feature. I will also hand out the prizes in the Cock & Magpie once all runners are safely back home.”

All proceeds from the fun run will be donated to one of Jimmy’s favourite charities, which is the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester.

The entry fee to join Jimmy on this fun race is £4 to club runners and £6 to all others. An additional £1 will be charged to entrants who turn up on the day. Prizes will be awarded to all race finishers.

For more information and for a copy of the entry form, please contact Andy O’Sullivan at info@andemsrunners.co.uk