A Sheffield woman and her dog have created their own running track to help raise money for a Yorkshire-based charity.
Shoana Hydes is doing Heart Research UK’s My Run, My Way programme to help raise funds in memory of her grandad and her partner’s dad, who both passed away from heart-related issues.
Heart Research UK recently called for people to design their own running course – choosing the place, distance, speed and time – while raising money for pioneering medical research. Shoana and her border collie, Mia, aged three, answered the call and will hold the charities first ever 5K Dog Jog around Rother Valley Country Park on August 14.
Shoana’s partner, Tammi Morrin, lost her father Christopher when she was just 10-years-old, after he had a sudden heart attack in the middle of the night and passed away aged 38.
Shoana’s granddad, Thomas Hydes, had a stent fitted due to improve the blood flow to his heart. This helped Thomas to live well for longer, but he sadly passed away four years ago at the age of 83 due to heart disease.
Shona is a former football player, who played for Sheffield Rangers, Sheffield United Academy, Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday before a broken collar bone finished her career at age 18. As part of her fitness regimes, she used to run up to six miles a day to keep fit, but after suffering from depression and anxiety, her fitness routines came to halt around four years ago.
Shoana said: “Things changed for the better when I got Mia. Having a dog forces you to be active, you have to exercise whether you want to or not. Mia was my obvious choice of running partner because she is full of energy and pushes me to my limits. When I want to stop, she wants to go another mile.
“My relationship with Mia is one like a mother and daughter, she’s my rock, my best friend, and she has changed my life. She puts the light on all my dark places.”
Shoana came across the appeal on Heart Research UK’s website and decided to get involved.
She said: “I felt particular close to the charity and decided that, if I was going to get fit again, I might as well do it for a good cause. Heart Research UK really goes that extra mile to support its runners and I thought that would inspire me to keep going.”
Visit www.heartresearch.org.uk for details on getting involved.