RUNNERS aged from six to 76 have been getting into their stride to raise money for charity.

Amongst those taking part was Ledbury Mayor Phillip Howells, himself an accomplished Marathon runner.

Despite having a heart condition, Mr Howells, aged 75, is a keen runner with thousands of miles under his feet,

For the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, runners took part in the ‘Mayor’s Mile’ in the town.

There were more than 50 runners taking part ranging from serious athletes to those who like to take the dog for a walk.

The idea was to raise money for charity and one woman who took part raised sponsorship of more than £200.

In total, the event raised more than £530.


Funds were raised from a combination of sponsorship, entry fees, and a raffle and these will be divided between the Ledbury Swifts Football Club, who largely organised the event with help from Ledbury Town Council staff, and the Mayor’s charity for the year, Strong Young Minds.

Strong Young Minds is a Lottery funded project delivered by The CLD Trust that has been supporting young people with mental health issues since 2015.

The Strong Young Minds programme is for all young people aged between 10 and 26 years in Herefordshire.

The Swifts also provided most of the marshals to help the participants around their choice of one, three or six-mile distance options, which all started at the Market House and finished by St Katherines Hall on the High Street.

Ledbury’s Mayor would like to thank the Swifts, Ledbury Town Council staff, all who took part and local companies who provided raffle prizes, Isaacs Linens, Jardinopia, Monkley’s Furniture and Tesco for making the occasion a real community celebration.