Families have a heart for research charity 5K run

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Sheffield families got active outdoors and raised money for a heart research charity.

Old and young alike took part in the 2015 SUBWAY Helping Hearts Family 5K event at Endcliffe Park in aid of Heart Research UK.

As soon as I told the girls about the event they said they wanted to do it

Nearly 500 runners put on their trainers and got involved with the event which is in its third year.

Mark Honeywood, aged 39, and his two daughters Sariah, aged eight, and Aaliyah, aged seven, were inspired to take part in the event after the shock of losing his father Stephen to heart disease in April 2014.

Mark’s father had a close relationship his granddaughters, so his death had a huge impact on the whole family, Mark said.

He said Stephen had been trying to teach his granddaughters Turkish, having bought a holiday home in Turkey that the family would visit.

Sariah and Aaliyah were also inspired to take part in the 5K event because of their best friend, Martha, aged eight.

Martha was diagnosed with a defective aorta – herheart’s main artery had narrowed – at just two weeks old.

She also had a number of other heart problems which are being treated.

Mark said: “As soon as I told the girls about the event, they shouted out that they wanted to do it for Martha and grandad. 
He added: “As a family, we try to eat healthily and exercise and I think it’s so important for children to run around outside instead of sitting in front of the TV. 
“My girls were so keen to do the event and I am a very proud daddy.”

After the run, participants were greeted by their families and friends and enjoyed a family fun day in Endcliffe Park.

Highlights included a variety of free entertainments including a bouncy castle, face painting and a free lunch from sandwich chain Subway, which was the event’s organiser and sponsor.

The Sheffield fun day was one of 12 events to take place across the country.

The races are part of the fast food chain’s efforts to inspire families to live healthier and more active lifestyles. Roger Cusa, head of marketing for Subway said: “I am delighted that the eleventh event in our 2015 SUBWAY Helping Hearts Family 5K series took place in Sheffield and that it was such a success.”