Around 200 runners paid a moving tribute to the late Eddy Mountford and raised money for a local charity. They were treated to striking views of the Liverpool skyline as they completed the final Medal Muddle 5K (Sunday 29 December) of 2019.
Eddy Mountford, who passed away in November 2019 at the age of 96, was a highly respected and much loved figure and an inspiration to those in the Merseyside running community. He took up running after watching London Marathon and completed it more than 20 times along with numerous half marathons and 10ks.
Many runners have fond memories of this kind-hearted gentleman who provided encouragement during a race or sensible advice about training especially for those new to the sport. They achieved their goals thanks to his support and wisdom acquired during a long and successful career.
The Medal Muddle 5K is a series of events organised by BTR Road Runners that supports a different local charity each time and do their bit for the planet by upcycling unused race T-shirts and medals. The first fun run was held in August 2019 and has grown in popularity since then, inviting newcomers to experience a friendly race environment.
There was an eager turnout at Sunday’s Medal Muddle 5K, looking to burn off the festive excesses whilst supporting the Charles Thompson Mission in Birkenhead. They started at 11am from the Seacombe Ferry terminal and along the promenade before heading back to the finish at the Ferry terminal where they received an upcycled T-shirt and medal.
The emotional aspect of this fun run was summed up by BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell: “Eddy was an inspiration to everyone lucky enough to meet him and staging the event in his memory is a fitting tribute.”