Race For Life: Outrunning cancer in Rother Valley Park

Motivated runners dressed in pink joined forces in a Race For Life yesterday in Rother Valley Country Park, to raise money for cancer research.

The day was a success, according to the Rother Valley Country Park team, who estimated that around 1,600 people took part in either the 5k or 10k runs.

Having ran the 10k and raised more than £300, Gemma Faye, personal trainer from Meersbrook said: “Despite really struggling to breathe due to hay fever and asthma, I managed a personal best of 1:10:48.”

The support for the runners was “amazing”, according to Miss Faye who claimed that: “There was support from the general public, cheerleaders and marshals so it kept you going.”

The Country Park is a prime location for big events, having hosted Bluebell Hospice’s colour runs and the Sheffield Hospital’s ‘buggy push’, while looking forward to a Rother Valley Triathlon in June.

Race For Life, which is held in towns across the UK, is a charity for the research of more than 200 forms of cancer, with no Government funding and relying solely on sponsorships.

Ranging from essential chemicals for £5 to the running of a day of Cancer Chat for £400, every donation is vital to the running of this life changing charity.

Megan Tiddy, 20, Fundraiser and Volunteering Secretary for the Sheffield Cheerleaders said: “Yesterday was actually amazing, it was so inspiring to see such a range of people, not only running the race but also supporting the runners. There were literally all ages, ethnicities, abilities, and it was so nice to see everyone come together.”

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