Charity race: Ding Don Dash is set to be a fiery affair at Don Valley

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Two Sheffield athletes who have developed their talent at Don Valley Stadium have thrown their weight behind one of the venue’s final events.

Heptathlete turned bobsleigher Nicola Minichiello and 800 metre runner Mukhtar Mohammed say they will be supporting the Ding Don Chilli Dash - a charity fun run open to the general public at Don Valley on Saturday June 29.

Nicola said: “The Ding Don Chilli Dash is a great cause and I’m definitely going to be there.

“I think it’s important that the people of Sheffield get a final chance to show their appreciation to Don Valley Stadium where so many talented athletes have prospered.”

Don Valley is set to close in September due to Sheffield City Council funding cuts.

Mukhtar, who is hoping to represent at this summer’s World Championship in Moscow, said: “This is a great event and everyone should get behind it and enjoy the Stadium while they still can, I wouldn’t be here today without the Don Valley”.

The day consists of a choice between the Ding Mile, four laps of the Don Valley Stadium, or the Ding Don Chilli Dash, a 5km fun run around Don Valley Stadium and its grounds.

The event is inspired by the story of Jo Orpwood, a Silverdale School pupil who has been fighting three brain tumours since he was eight-years-old.

Jo’s life recovery was significantly aided by Neurocare, a local charity that has been raising money to buy life-saving equipment for the neurosciences department of the Royal Hallamshire hospital for over 25 years.

The event sponsor is Ding Chilli Sauce, a local initiative cooked up by 15-year-old Chris Parker, a contemporary of Jo’s, who last year devised and bottled the fabulously fiery fundraising elixir in the kitchens of Silverdale School to help Jo raise money for Neurocare.

Participants can register for the race by visiting:

Or follow @dingdash on Twitter. Entry payments of £10 for the 5km race and £1 for the mile dash will be expected on the day.