Rare book raises money for Heart Research UK

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L-R: Jonathan Hammond, John Lloyd and Charlie Leventon

The first and only edition of a rare running book has been sold for hundreds at a local running club’s charity prize draw in Shropshire.

Stud Marks on the Summits (A History of Amateur Fell Racing: 1861 – 1983) by Bill Smith was sold for £394 to raise money for national charity Heart Research UK.

It was auctioned at Mercia Fell Runner Club’s awards evening In Dorrington, following the iconic Carding Mill Canter - a 7.8km race in nearby Church Stretton. It was donated in memory David Hammonds, originally from Aberdovey, Merioneth, who passed away from a heart attack in 2014 whilst living in Canada.

Proceeds from the race were also donated to Heart Research UK, making the final total £600 for charity. 

The book, published in 1987, is regularly sought after by book enthusiasts and rarely available for purchase.

David’s brother Jonathan, who lives in Shrewsbury, said “David had always been a keen runner from his school days up until he died.

“After speaking with Charlie Leventon, a long standing member of the Mercia Fell Runners, we decided that it would be rather fitting to sell David’s book at the running club as part of a prize draw.”

John Lloyd, Regional Executive at Heart Research UK in the Midlands, said: “It was so fitting that one of David’s books helped the members of the Mercia Fell Runner’s Club as well as raise money Heart Research UK. 

"His passion for books matched his passion for running and we thank David's family, Jonathan and Charlie for their kind fundraising.”

For more information about Heart Research UK in the Midlands contact John or Joanne on 0121 454 1799 or email midlands@heartresearch.org.uk.