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Jane Tomlinson ’s 10K runners get on their marks
PEOPLE from all walks of life are preparing to pound the streets of York tomorrow to raise money for good causes.
It will be a poignant occasion for those who are running in memory of lost loved ones, while for others it will be a celebration of life as they raise funds for charities that strive to help people recover from ill-health.
More than 6,000 runners will be taking part in the 2012 Jane Tomlinson 10K run, including Jon Morris, in memory of his young niece Natalie who died on Christmas Day in 2010.
Natalie Coe, of Applefields School, was admitted to hospital with a cold in December of that year. As a result of her severe disabilities, Natalie developed pneumonia and later died.
For the second year, Jon, of Woodthorpe , is taking part to raise money for her school.
Jon said: “It’s inspiring to be running the race for Natalie and such a nice feeling to be raising money for the school. It’s hard to describe what a lovely girl Natalie was. She had such a wonderful smile and a real twinkle in her eye.”
He said: “Last year I raised £570 that was split with St Leonard’s Hospice and the school. When I ran the race in dedication to Natalie it was quite upsetting really as I was thinking of her all the way around and I think this year the emotions will be the same”.
Lisa Guscott-Trout, 40, of South Bank, decided to run after her mother died of cancer, but after recent operation on her knee she thought she might be unable to run competitively again. She said: “Running makes me feel so good and I’ve always wanted to race on the streets of York. So, after the operation, I’m so glad that I can run in the Jane Tomlinson Race in my hometown where there will be lots of people I know.”
Twenty members of staff and supporters from York City Knights are running in aid of the club’s foundation which promotes fitness through sport.
Ian Wilson, general manager of the Knights, said: “While the club holds lots of activities to raise money for the foundation, it’s the first time we’ve ever done a run and also really tried to involve the wider public. The run is always a great day and we’re all really looking forward to it.”
Lucinda Pannett, 36, of Haxby , is raising funds and awareness for a charity close to her heart.
The Guy Francis Bone Cancer Fund was set up by Lucinda’s brother before he lost his fight with bone cancer when he was 23. Now Lucinda wants to help promote Guy’s charity by running the 10K.
She said: “The support you get as you’re running is great. I think the run is really important for small charities like my brother’s and I’m looking forward to running with my husband and colleagues.”
Lee Broddle, 30, of Cleethorpes, battled with Hodgkins Lymphoma twice, and is hoping to raise £500 in sponsorship for Macmillan Cancer Support as well as marking his achievements in losing three stone by taking up running.
He said: “I used to look at people running in the streets and thinking they were insane. But now I’m out running a few days a week and would encourage anyone to take it up as I’ve felt better than I have done for years”
Howard Clements, 50, from Keighley, is running in celebration of his sister Sian’s recovery from breast cancer.
“I did the run before to channel my emotions about my sister. But this time I’m running as a celebration of life. I really wanted to be part of it as I have been so inspired by everything that Jane Tomlinson did.”
The event starts at 9am and the public are advised that there will be a number of road closures in and around the city centre which will be in place from 7am until 2pm.
After the race, runners and spectators can enjoy a morning cheering on our British Olympic Marathon hopeful, Freya Murray as she goes for gold, as the Games are broadcast on a big screen on Knavesmire.
• Don’t miss The Press on Monday for your eight-page souvenir pull-out packed with pictures and news of the race.
Good luck messages
• Massive good luck to my running team mates Monica Zammit, James Frost, Ash Lockyer and Jackie Derbyshire, we can do it!! From Ysanne Neal and Deb Hall from Barrow on Humber are running the York 10K
• Would like to say a big good luck to the Arena Group corporate challenge team who are running the York 10k for charity!
• Say “well done” to Lisa Vercelli who will be running the race. Lisa is raising money for a children's charity and runs the Born to Run running club at Netherton in Wakefield. She also ran the London Marathon earlier this year. Love from Jenny Gill.
• Good Luck to Jenny Gill who is also running
• Good luck David Mickleburgh (4196) from your old Hull Uni friends.
• Good luck Rachel McMahon 1137
• Good luck Chris McMahon 1572
• Can you please wish my husband Adam Tegerdine good luck for the run and to our friend Michelle Willsher who is running with him. I'm really proud of them both. Jo Tegerdine.
• Sarah Gladstone would like to say “Go Spangles!” to Mandy Inman from Hull running to raise money for Al’s Sensory Garden.
• Good luck to Joe Heard in your first 10K. Lots of love from Helen.
• Good luck to Sharon and Norma from Barnsley Parkrun.
• Sarah Gladstone would like to send warm wishes and all my love and support to Susan Waslin running today for the British Heart Foundation despite losing her gorgeous mum just three weeks ago to heart problems. Lots of love from Sarah xx
• Good luck to Paul Robinson and his daughter Kate of Go Greased Lightening.