More then 900 caring runners went the extra mile to help people with cancer by taking part in a Sheffield sponsored run.
Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s annual Run in the Park saw amateur and keen runners alike descend on Graves Park in Norton to help raise much-needed funds for the hospital which treats cancer patients.
Many youngsters took part in the 3km fun run which kicked off the event. Some runners also donned fancy dress for the occasion which included a bunch of bananas, superheroes and the pope.
The main 10km race, open to those 16 and over, followed and even though a little rain fell from the sky, it didn’t dampen the runners’ spirits.
Many of those taking part wore signs on their back bearing a moving message about why they were supporting the cause. For many it was to thank the hospital for treating a loved one while for others it was to remember someone who had lost their battle against the disease.
Among the crowds was 26-year-old Shelley Hopkinson, from Chesterfield who was running with friends and family in memory of her boyfriend James Booth who lost his fight to cancer last July.
She said: “James was really sporty and I’m not so much so I wanted to take part in the 10km to make him proud of me as I was of him.
“I wanted to set myself a challenge so I’ve been training since Christmas. My aim is just to get around this year and set a time to beat next year.”
Amy Usher, 21, from Wath-upon-Dearne, was supporting her sister Beth who was running the 10km to thank Weston Park Hospital for the treatment Amy has received since being diagnosed with incurable cancer last year.
“I’ve been in and out of Weston Park a lot over the past year,” said Amy. “Beth has been so supportive but has felt quite helpless throughout the whole thing so this is her way of saying thank you to the hospital.
“We set a target to raise £200 but within a few hours of putting up Beth’s sponsorship page, we had reached our target. Two weeks on the total stands at more than £5,200 and there is still more money coming in.
“I’m very proud of Beth today.”
Cassie Melluish, from the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said the run is one of the biggest events in the charity’s calendar.
She said: “The run is growing year on year and we are delighted with the turn out today.
“It’s great that so many people have come along in fancy dress to add a fun element to the event.”
William Ediker came first in the 3km run, completing the course in just under ten minutes while William Ediker stormed to the 10km finish line in just over 35 minutes.