Running in memory of our friend Michael

A group of friends are organising a run for the second year in memory of their friend Michael Kentzer. Running in Norfolk Park, from left, Christopher Navarro, Joseph Parsons and Greg Knowles
A group of friends are organising a run for the second year in memory of their friend Michael Kentzer. Running in Norfolk Park, from left, Christopher Navarro, Joseph Parsons and Greg Knowles
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A popular Sheffield teenager who died suddenly in his sleep could be honoured every year with an annual music festival in his name.

Schoolboy Michael Kentzer, aged 14, went to bed at home in Gleadless and was found unresponsive the next morning by his older sister Sophie.

Pals of the All Saints Catholic High School pupil rallied around to organise a fun run as a moving tribute following the tragic death last year.

They remembered the caring air cadet with the run in aid of the British Heart Foundation - a cause which Michael had aided himself .

A heart condition was also recorded as one of his causes of death by a coroner.

Last year’s run was such a triumph that it will be held again this summer, but with even more on offer and the aim of turning it into a yearly music festival in the future.

Michael’s friend Joseph Parsons said: “The run was a big success last year, we raised about £5,700 in total with 100 runners taking part and 150 spectators.

“We are trying to really big it up this year.

“We have added a music stage and a dance stage too with some local acts signed up to take part including one which are called Hundred Hill from Sheffield.

“There will also be stalls and things like that to keep people entertained.

“ The whole idea is to turn it into an annual music festival and give people something to work towards in the future.

“It is a great way to remember Michael as well.

“I think he would have enjoyed the day.

“He wasn’t the running type really but he would have enjoyed it and I think he would like to know that we were doing something for a charity that was so close to his heart as well.”

Joseph is organising the run with school pals Greg Knowles and Christopher Navarro, also aged 16.

The trio are fitting in the preparations as they gear up for their GCSE exams at All Saints and King Edward VII School in Broomhill.

Joseph added: “We are doing it in dribs and drabs when we can - mostly by email!”

The run is planned to take place at Norfolk Heritage Park in Norfolk Park, Sheffield, on July 6 from 12pm to around 4pm.

Michael’s sister Sophie, who is now aged 16 and he was close to, is also expected to take part in the fun run

Mum Gillian Kentzer, of Gleadless, said: “I think Sophie is helping the friends organise it in a way and is going to be doing the run as well.

“I’m very proud of them for organising the whole thing.

“They still miss Michael greatly and they are trying to raise money for a good cause.”

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the run and are being encouraged to come along in fancy dress on the day.

There will also be a prize given out for the best costume with other activities to be confirmed.

Visit www.facebook.com/MichaelKentzerFunRun2013 for more details and to sign up for the run.

Alternatively,or for sponsorship forms, email michaelkentzerfunrun@outlook.com.