Midcheshire Independent Issue 165

3 MAY 2024 Visit our website: www.independentnewspapers.co.uk MORE than 1,200 runners took part in this year’s Nantwich 10k road race. It was the third running of the event, which saw partici- pants take on the race route that started and finished close to the town square. The run was organised by RunThrough and spon- sored by local solicitors Hall Smith Whittingham. A number of runners raised money for various charities and each finisher received a specially designed medal and goodie bag. The inaugu- ral Nantwich 10k road race took place in 2022 and was organised by Mike Stevens, founder of Nantwich Run- ning Club. He recently stepped down from his role as chair and head coach but remains a member of the club, with Steve Epps taking over the role. Speaking after the event Steve said: “We have had a bumper week at the club with over 30 new run- ners graduating from our C25K programme at Crewe Parkrun, supported by some amazing volunteers from the club. “That was topped off with over 150 members finishing the Nantwich 10k today with over 35 volunteers supporting the event from the club.” Nantwich Running Club was established in March 2021 and has since attracted over 475 members of all abili- ties. The club meets through- out the year at Malbank High School. NANTWICH Players have announced their next produc- tion which is set to entertain audiences during its run nextmonth. TheGirl on theTrain is based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and has been adaptedforthestagebyRachel Wagstaff andDuncanAbel. Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is theperfect couple shewatches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. A spokesperson for the players said: “Directed by Bethany Gail, this thrilling mystery will have you on the edgeof your seat until the very lastmoment.” Theproductionwill run from Friday May 10 until Saturday May 18 at Nantwich Players TheatreonLoveLane,withper- formances starting at 7.45pm. Tickets are priced £10 and are available online at www. nantwichplayers.com A STELLAR new open-air concert series is heading to the grounds of Arley Hall near Northwich next month. Live at Arley, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, brings two incred- ible shows to the Cheshire stately home. And organisers are prom- ising audiences amazing live performances, artisan food and drink, local showcases Hall unveils live music line-up Showtime: Arley Hall is set to attract the crowds and dazzling firework finales on both nights. The weekend opens on Saturday May 18 with a visit from headliners The Chicago Blues Brothers, who have put the band back together and are heading to Arley Hall with a night of spectacular live music, delivering their full theatre production direct from London’s West End. The weekend concert series continues on Sunday evening with a Proms concert head- lined by superstar singer Russell Watson and complete with fireworks and plenty of favourite anthems. Crowned the UK ’s best-selling classical artist of all time, Russell Watson’s record-breaking debut solo album The Voice reached the number one chart spot – a position it held for a world record 52 weeks, catapulting the singer into the interna- tional spotlight. He will be joined at Arley Hall by his orchestral ensem- ble and supported by rising star soprano Millie Royle, with a full evening featuring a specially curated set full of Proms classics. Russell said: “I’m delighted to be part of the Live at Arley concert series this May; it’s such a stunning location and what an incredible backdrop! “Like many I’ve been watching the popular Netflix drama Fool Me Once which was mostly filmed at Arley Hall, and I’m excited to get to perform on the grounds of this beautiful Chesh- ire venue after seeing it on the television.” Both concerts will be staged outdoors in the stunning grounds of Arley Hall, with a premiumhospitality option to dine in the stately home with a two-course dinner ahead of each concert. Tickets and VIP passes are on sale now at www.arleycon- certs.com or available from Arley Hall’s Office by tele- phone on 01565 777 353. Crowd pleasers: The Chicago Blues Brothers are part of the line-up Countdown to curtain up On a winning run Underway: The start of the popular 10k run (Photo credit: Jonathan White) NANTWICH Town hosted its annual Easter Cup kids football tournament which saw hundreds of children playing the game on its new FIFA grade 3G pitch. The tournament was sold-out with 80 teams, 216 matches, eight winners tro- phies, 160 medals and up to 800 boys and girls play- ing football. Lyndon Wain, Nantwich Town community develop- ment manager, said: “Our Easter Cup built on the success of our Christmas Cup with even more chil- dren being able to enjoy our facilities. “We’re delighted with the number of local teams who support us but we also wel- comed teams from further afield such as Liverpool, Manchester, NorthWales and the midlands, which demon- strates our tournaments and facilities are being recog- nised as some of the best in the area. “Planning is already under- way for our Summer Euro 2024 Inspired Cup which we’re hoping will be our big- gest and best yet! “We’re keen to work with local businesses to promote everything our town has to offer and would love to secure a number of stalls, demos and sponsorship. “Running these events takes a lot time, effort and commitment from our vol- unteers so we would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who gave up their Easter weekend to facilitate a fantastic event.” Tournament is a winner Game on: The Easter Cup was a winner (Photo credit: Jonathan White) To advertise in the Independent, contact Robin Atkins on 07767 840274