Running to remember Tim

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A team of runners took on a 10k race in memory of a colleague who lost his life to cancer.

Over 20 staff members at Sheffield University - all friends of Tim Richardson, who died of the disease two years ago - ran the TenTenTen race through Endcliffe Park in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Tim Richardson, who taught science at the university, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in June 2012 and given just months to live.

He received chemotherapy at Weston Park but his health deteriorated rapidly and he died in February 2013.

Following his diagnosis, father-of-two Tim pledged to do all he could to help fellow patients.

He set up a group called Inspiration for Life, to raise funds for Weston Park as well as other local charities.

To date it has raised just short of £8,000.

The group of colleagues formed ‘Tim’s Team’ in 2012 when they first signed up for the TenTenTen.

Since his death, the team has grown in size and now welcomes runners of all abilities.

Catherine Annabel, who worked with Tim in the science department and is now chair of Inspiration for Life, said: “We’re proud to support Weston Park Cancer Charity -not only for the treatment and care the hospital provides for people with cancer but for the research and the clinical trials the university plays such an important part in.”

She added: “These mean more people each year are surviving cancer, and that patients are given hope for the future.”

Inspiration for Life also organises a 24 hour ‘Inspire’ event, where lectures are given for 24 hours continuously on a wide range of topics.

The TenTenTen attracts more than 1,000 people every year and has helped raise over £35,000 since 2010 for the cancer charity, which needs to raise more than £1.8 million this year to fund new and current projects.

n Visit www.justgiving.com/teams-tims-team, www.wphcancercharity.org.uk or call 0114 226 5370 for more information.