Sheffield park set to bloom in tribute to runner

Members of Smiley Paces have planted 100 daffodil bulbs along their route in Endcliffe Park
Members of Smiley Paces have planted 100 daffodil bulbs along their route in Endcliffe Park
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A Sheffield park will be in full bloom next year thanks to a group of amateur runners.

Members of Smiley Paces have planted 100 daffodil bulbs along their route in Endcliffe Park to mark one of their runners completing a century of park runs.

Jenny Chambers, of Lodge Moor, completed her 100th weekly park run in June despite suffering with terminal cancer.

To recognise her achievement and create a lasting memory of her, more than 30 members planted the bulbs after a morning run.

Runner Elspeth Whitby, aged 50, of Nether Green, said: “I came up with the idea because I knew Jenny loved flowers and loved being outdoors.

“I thought it would be something a little bit different that we could do to celebrate the 100 runs.

“Jenny completed her 100th run while terminally ill so the daffodil bulbs now have added meaning as they are the symbol of Marie Curie Cancer Care and will flower each year in the park.

“They were planted on part of the run which is passed three times by all the runners.

“The park is a place with such memories for Jenny and hopefully will continue to remind us all of the joy of the park and all the runners, particularly Jenny, for years to come.

“Jenny can no longer run and is now aiming for spring to see her daffodils flower.”

Smiley Paces was set up by fitness-loving mothers six years ago and has gone from strength-to-strength.

Now female runners of all ages take part in weekly and monthly runs

Lecturer Elspeth added: “It started off as a group of keen runners who were all mothers.

“Now we’ve got huge numbers of women of all ages who just love getting out and running.”