Running to the aid of Sheffield cancer charity

Endcliffe Park hosted a 2.5K fun run and a 10K main race, with both raising money for Weston Park Hospital. Our picture shows Joseph Hibbert, aged 14, of Norton, first home in the 2.5K race.
Endcliffe Park hosted a 2.5K fun run and a 10K main race, with both raising money for Weston Park Hospital. Our picture shows Joseph Hibbert, aged 14, of Norton, first home in the 2.5K race.
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FUNDRAISERS helping a Sheffield cancer charity took the task in their stride when they joined hundreds of runners in a race through one of the city’s most popular parks.

There was a 10km or 2.5km fun run to choose from yesterday, with about 800 people entered into the longer race and 80 in the fun run.

Organisers Kandoo Events said the race in Endcliffe Park proved popular because of the surroundings.

Doug Banks, from Kandoo, said: “Some 10km routes take you straight down the middle of long boring roads, this takes you through a beautiful park.

“The philosophy behind our event is it is aimed at being more representative of the routes people take when they are training - how many people run down the middle of a dual carriageway in training?”

The 10km route took runners on two laps of Endcliffe Park and the adjoining Bingham Park.

Money raised by some of the competitors who were sponsored for the event will go to the city’s Weston Park Cancer Hospital.

Mr Banks said: “The event went well and we were certainly helped by the weather.

“We have staged the 10km before, but this was the first time we had organised the fun run part to it and it proved popular and gave a nice family feel to the event - there were people of all ages involved.

“With the 10km there were people of all abilities from very accomplished runners who ended up in a sprint finish at the end for second and third place and then there were first-timers having a go too, which was good to see.”

To help the runners around the route spectators lined the course ad there was a drumming troupe on a 100m-uphill stretch

Coun Nikki Bond, Sheffield Council Labour member for Nether Edge and a member of Totley Running Club, said: “It was a great way to showcase our city and its green spaces and woodland.”

The event was won by Meles Ozbakghi in a time of 33 minutes and 20 seconds, four seconds ahead of Mark Rushbrook, with Carl Egdell a further two minutes and 24 seconds behind.