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By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

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THIS year's Christmas Cracker Running Race, hosted by the Staffordshire Moorlands Athletics Club, takes place next Sunday, December 15.

This is the perfect race for those who like a muddy challenge and wearing fancy dress.

Not for the faint-hearted, this eight mile, multi-terrain race over The Roaches includes two miles along the exposed ridge at 1,500 feet so fancy dress needs to be pretty warm and robust as well as fun and festive.

Participants can join in without wearing fancy dress but even a jingling Santa hat helps to raise a smile from spectators and walkers.

The race starts next Sunday (December 15) at 11am from Tittesworth Reservoir Visitor Centre with all entries on the day. The entry fee is £8 (£5 for over 60s)

If the weather is bad, and Buxton Mountain Rescue advise against running over The Roaches, the alternative course will be running the five miles around the reservoir.

Further information can be found on the Staffordshire Moorlands Athletic Club web site – www.staffsmoorlands-ac.co.uk FORMER high school students have helped raise cash for charity after meeting up years after they left school.

Students who attended Leek High School from 1975 to 1980, along with those who attended from 1974 to 1979, had a reunion at The Central Club, Market Street, Leek, in October which has raised cash for charity. Daryl Biddulph, who lives in Cheddleton is one of those students who attended during 1975 and 1980.

Co-organiser of the reunion Daryl said: "We raised a total of £675,£495 of which went direct to the Dougie Mac Hospice in Blurton and £180 went direct to MacMillian Cancer Support.

"Not only was it a fantastic night had by all, with so many faces I'd not seen for many years, but donations came in from all corners of the country from old class mates who unfortunately could not be there." THE result which will reveal if Leek does have the Best High Street in the country will now be revealed in the New Year.

We reported last week that Leek has made it into the Telegraph newspaper's top 10 list of high streets in the country.

It had initially been planned to reveal the overall winner in the national publication over the weekend.

However, a spokesperson for the Telegraph has confirmed that the winning town will now be revealed on January 4 instead.

The Telegraph newspaper has been running an initiative to find out which town has the best 'high street' in the country.

This has been part of the national newspaper's year-long "Reinventing the High Street" campaign

It has been run in conjunction with Mary Portas, which aims to put the heart back in our traditional high streets and regenerate our historic shopping communities for future generations.

Hundreds of nominations from across the country were sent to The Telegraph in the summer and Leek has made it into the shortlist of 10 potential High Streets of the Year.

Judging is to be led by high street minister Brandon Lewis MP, and the judging categories include: mixture of chains/ indies (a good mix is best), standard of buildings, empty shop rate, traffic and parking, events held to entice visitors, cleanliness and local groups that support the high street. A TURKEY weighing in at 74 pounds has been auctioned off for charity.

The Cheddleton Carnival Committee has held its annual festive auction at the Boat Inn, Cheddleton.

The top lot up for auction was the traditional turkey, donated by Mr and Mrs J Heath of Longsdon

It was bought by businessman Bob Sheldon, of BS Bikes donated the large turkey to the residents of Ernvale Care Home in Cheddleton for their Christmas lunch.

Shirley Brough, honorary secretary of Cheddleton Carnival Committee, said: "Bob also purchased a rather splendid Moorcroft vase for £500 and many other items.

"We are indebted to him for his support.

"There was a wonderful variety of festive food with hampers, Christmas cakes, pies, jams and pickles all making good money for Cancer Research UK.

"The evening was well supported and raised over £3,700.

"Our thanks go Keith and Sue and their staff at The Boat, to all helpers and everyone who came along to support us so very generously."

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