More than 1,000 people lit up the October night sky as they took part in the St Luke's Night Strider.
The sponsored half marathon and 10k event on Saturday evening is now on course to raise over £100,000 for St Luke’s, Sheffield’s only hospice.
Sponsored by Gripple, the event was hosted by Capital FM’s James Cusack, who set the walkers off from Tudor Square in Sheffield city centre.
He was joined on stage by St Luke’s Deputy Chief Executive Judith Park, Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Denise Fox and by Night Strider Sue Lenthall, whose husband Pete was a patient at St Luke’s before his death earlier this year.
For two years Pete enjoyed the support of Sheffield’s only hospice through its Community Nursing team, the Therapies and Rehabilitation Centre and the St Luke’s In Patient Centre.
And following his death Sue and children Sam, aged 20, 16-year-old Bronte and Florence, nine, knew they wanted to do something in recognition of the high level of support Pete received from the charity.
“Pete was a very inspirational man, very dignified and courageous and with such a great sense of humour – and St Luke’s helped him to keep all that right to the end,” said Sue, who lives in Bradway.
“In the last year of his life, when it became increasingly clear that he needed end of life care, he didn’t want to go into hospital but that’s when St Luke’s became so important to him.”
Following a special warm up by the team from Pure Gym, the Night Striders set out via St Paul’s Place and Peace Gardens down to the Moor and out to Endcliffe Park where the 10k and half marathon split in two.
The 10k turned back towards the city via Broomhill and the half marathon continued on up Greystones Road.
After dropping down to Abbeydale Road participants returned to Endcliffe Park to re-join the 10k route.
And making sure that walkers remained refreshed and hydrated during the challenge, there were special pit stops at the Millhouses pub on Abbeydale Road and at the Hunters Bar entrance to Endcliffe Park, sponsored by Eadon Lockwood & Riddle and Irwin Mitchell.
Event coordinator Greg van Heeswijk said: "To see so many people turning up on a Saturday evening and bringing so much enthusiasm and determination with them was truly awe inspiring.
“The Night Striders not only lit up the night sky, they also made a real difference to the lives of all St Luke’s patients, their families and loved ones.”