Lydia wins medal as Great Yorkshire Run draws in £30k for Weston Park

Well done: Lydia Emerson, 26.
Well done: Lydia Emerson, 26.
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One of the region’s best loved cancer charities has benefitted to the tune of £30,000 after its loyal supporters pounded the streets of Sheffield.

More than 170 fundraisers took part in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in October in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity – the official local charity for the event.

To celebrate, the charity was given a special sterling silver commemorative medal by organisers to reward one runner who raised money for the cause.

Lydia Emerson, from Sheffield, was the winner of the prize draw, for individuals who raised more than £50 in sponsorship for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. The 26-year-old, who raised more than £400, was presented with the medal by former Premiership referee and Cancer Charity patron, Uriah Rennie.

Lydia took part in the Great Yorkshire Run after sadly losing two family members to cancer.

She said: “I’m thrilled to have been awarded this medal. Cancer touches so many people’s lives so I hope the money will help cancer services and research the charity supports on a daily basis.”

Lydia is now hoping to take part in the Great Yorkshire Run next year, as well as the 2012 Sheffield Half Marathon, to raise more money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Four other commemorative sterling silver medals, with a value of £250 each, were made by the Sheffield Assay Office especially for the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run and were awarded to the race’s fifth, 50th, 500th and 5,000th placed runners. The medals were commissioned to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the race in Sheffield.

Helen Gentle, fundraiser at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “We are extremely grateful to every single one of our supporters.”

“We need to raise £1.3m a year to fund cancer research, treatment and care and we rely on the generosity of people like Lydia.”