An Altrincham grandmother recorded an 85-minute PB in the Trafford 10K last weekend – on the day of her 85th birthday.

Barbara Thackray was the only one in the over-80 category of the race on March 5, which she took on alongside her family.

In the process, Barbara fundraised for St Ann's Hospice, an organisation with sites in Heald Green and Little Hulton, plus a cancer centre at Wythenshawe Hospital and charity shops across the region.

The hospice, which cared for her sister, is in need of these funds for the redevelopment of its site in Heald Green, a former children's home which is more than 150 years old, according to its website.

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Barbara, who had a banner and a birthday cake at the finish line, said: "I've raised nearly £20,000 on my JustGiving page from all the fundraising I've done in the last few years. 

"This race is always special to me as my family come from across the country to run with me and some crossed the finish line with me too.

"My sister's death was much better due to St Ann’s Hospice. They will do whatever they can for their patient to have the best quality death they possibly can have – and that is worth supporting.

"I've always supported St Ann's Hospice and helping them has been an extra motivation to keep running. I know they're building a new hospice and need funds now more than ever," she added.

Lucy Leeming, the fundraising manager for the hospice, said: "The awareness Barbara has raised across Greater Manchester for the importance and vitality of St Ann's Hospice has undeniably helped raise funds and awareness for our charity. 

"Her passion and dedication to towards our charity shines through in everything she does for us, we are so grateful to have her support. It was brilliant to watch her cross the finish line with so many people cheering her on." 

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