Madcap participants urged to sign up for charity’s annual country park run

headBS''Neurocare Head Start event 2011 - a trio of Smurfs.
headBS''Neurocare Head Start event 2011 - a trio of Smurfs.
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A FANCY dress fun run that last year attracted 200 participants, some dressed up as blue Smurfs, is taking place again next month - and organisers are urging more runners, joggers and walkers than ever before to join in.

The annual five-kilometre Head Start run is one of the main events in Sheffield-based charity Neurocare’s calendar.

This year the charity wants to double the size of the event at the picturesque Rother Valley Country Park, which takes place this year on Sunday, April 15.

The run helps Neurocare raise money for the neurosciences department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

Last year 200 people took part, including mum-to-be Sally Bramall, from Crookes in Sheffield, who just three years ago underwent open brain surgery.

Jack Ryan, aged 19, of Royston, Barnsley, who nearly died after a freak accident when he slipped on ice, also took part, accompanied around the scenic course by his fiancée Paige Guest.

Emma Douglas, fundraiser for Neurocare, said: “Last year’s Head Start was such an inspiring event and I hope dedicated fundraisers like Sally and Jack inspire more people than ever to take part this year.

“It’s a family-friendly race which is more about everyone coming together, having fun and raising money for charity than running a four-minute mile!”

TV presenter Rob Walker is patron of the charity.

He said: “I’m absolutely passionate about raising awareness about the great work the charity does to raise money for the neurosciences ward at the Hallamshire.

“Head Start is the charity’s flagship event and it would be fantastic to see a bumper number of people, whatever their age and ability, taking part in this year’s race.

“This is a really fun event and a great way to take part in your own sporting challenge during this exciting Olympic year.”

Entry costs £10 per person and is open to all ages. Under fives can enter free. Participants are invited to wear fancy dress or purple Neurocare T-shirts to complete a circuit around two of the park lakes.

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