Hundreds headed to Sheffield’s Don Valley stadium for a final chance to race on the track – in the Ding Don Chilli Dash.
Former athlete Vyv Sodje, from Sheffield, whose son Taioni won the 400m dash, said: “This is a wonderful event, but tinged with sadness. It’s wonderful to see my two children running on the same track I trained on years ago and emotional to think they’re among the last people who will ever race on it.”
The stadium will close in September after Sheffield Council said it could no longer afford to subsidise it following cuts to its budget.
Many runners wore shirts that read Save Don Valley, including Lewis Samuel, from Sheffield, who brought his eight-year-old daughter Teah along for the day.
He said: “It’s such a shame the stadium is closing, I loved the fact Teah got to run on it.”
The Dash, in aid of Sheffield medical charity Neurocare, was inspired by Silverdale School pupil Jo Orpwood who has been helped by the charity in his fight against three brain tumours since the age of eight.
It was sponsored by Ding Chilli Sauce, a local initiative cooked up by 15-year-old Chris Parker, a contemporary of Jo’s.