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Runners have raised thousands of pounds for two Sheffield charities – by taking part in a10-kilometre run.

Anne Batty admits a bit of alcohol went into her and her friends’ initial decision to run Sunday’s Dronfield 10km – despite none of them ever having run before.

Anne, aged 45, of Dronfield, said: “I’m definitely not a runner, none of us were.

“We just decided it would be nice to give something back to charity and, being from Dronfield, we knew about the race.

“One night we got chatting about it and thought ‘we can do that’.

Anne and her friends roped in some other friends and colleagues until they had a team of 12.

They began training five months ago and managed to raise nearly £4,000 for Sheffield’s Weston Park Cancer Hospital and the surgical unit at the nearby Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Anne said: “It’s been a very humbling experience and I thank each and every person who has donated, committed time or actually ran the race – especially those who ran the race.

“It may have started life as a crazy scheme, but great teamwork and a brilliant demonstration of people pulling together means that this had a great ending for two incredibly worthy causes.”