The mastermind behind the our hugely successful Pontesbury Potter is stepping down as chief route designer after more than two decades.

The 13-mile hill and valley trail first started in 1996 and has been a must for fell runners and ramblers ever since.

As well as racking up the miles planning out routes, Alan Morris has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for various charities including more than £70,000 for Severn Hospice.

Mountain running mogul Alan, who is from Rodington and was brought up in Pontesbury, said: “It all started when I had a little idea to raise a few bob for charity over 20 years ago. The plan was to provide a route that runners or walkers could follow without the pressure of a race.

“A grand total of 117 people took part in the very first Pontesbury Potter, I organised the whole thing from the boot of my car and we raised a total of £500. I only planned on doing it once but following several requests I did it again and again presenting cheques to various charities.

“After so many years I feel that now is the right time to take a step back from Potter, I know it is in safe hands. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the event over the years, I have so many wonderful memories.”

Lucy Ruff, fundraising manager at Severn Hospice, said: “The Pontesbury Potter is a hugely popular event, and it’s easy to see why it has stood the test of time and why people take part year on year. Since inception it has raised such a tremendous amount for so many charities, including over £70,000 for our hospice.

“We are truly grateful for all the hours Alan has spent mapping out and testing the routes each year. He leaves some pretty big boots to fill!”


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