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Fun run raises funds for local brothers

Penistone Fun Run
Penistone Fun Run
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A charity fun run will raise funds in memory of Penistone brothers Jack and Paul Sykes, who died in a house fire in 2014.

It’s the third year that the 2km fun run has been held in Penistone, to raise funds for the Heads Together Barnsley Charitable Trust, which was set up in memory of the brothers, aged nine and 12.

The brothers died after their father, Darren Sykes, lured them to the attic of their family home with the promise of a new train set, before setting fire to the house. The children were on a weekend access visit after the family had split up. Sykes also died in the blaze.

More than 230 people took part in the event last year, which has been organised since 2016 by Penistone couple Steve and Emma Stead. The pair also ran the London Marathon together for the same charity earlier this year.

Last year runners - ranging in age from three to 61 - raised more than £3,000 for the cause.

This year’s event will be held this Sunday, starting at Penistone Bowling Club at 10.30am. Everybody who finishes the race will be presented with a special engraved medal at the finishing line, presented by Jack and Paul’s mum, Claire Throssell.

Organiser Emma said: “The support from the community we have had over the last two events has been fantastic and we are hoping for the same turnout this year to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic charity.

“This is is something that everyone can get involved with and it’s a lovely way for the community here in Penistone to remember Jack and Paul.”

The route covers 2km over fields and trail and isn’t suitable for buggies. Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit racebest.com/races/hxuw2 to register.