Annual Sheffield fun run helps provide clean water in Nigeria

Action from a previous fun run.
Action from a previous fun run.

An annual fun run which raises money to provide fresh drinking water in Nigeria is taking place in Sheffield this weekend.

Taste, a Sheffield charity set up by Ben Udejiofo, has been working in the country for nearly 15 years, drilling boreholes to provide clean water.

The charity stages its annual 5km fun run in Weston Park, and this year’s takes place tomorrow at 11am.

Ben said: “Last year we were able to construct around 10 boreholes. Some were in very remote areas and some under challenging security situations, but all saved women and children walking long distances to gather water.

“But without the help of our supporters, none of this would be possible.”

The run is sponsored by X-Cel Superturn and managing director Andrew Taylor and wife Sharon are among staff taking part. Andrew’s son Jim Taylor, a reporter with BBC Radio One’s Newsbeat, will be starting the run.

Runners will cover three laps of Weston Park and Crookes Valley Park, the same distance millions of people worldwide have to walk to collect clean water.

Late places are still available - visit or call 0114 233 7617.