Runners step out at at Rother Valley to raise vital funds for Neurocare

Neurocare 10k and 5K fun run at Rother Valley Country Park'Picture by Dean Atkins
Neurocare 10k and 5K fun run at Rother Valley Country Park'Picture by Dean Atkins

Hundreds of hardy fundraisers braved the chilly weather as they set out for a charity race with the aim of raising vital cash.

Rother Valley Country Park in Wales Bar played host to another Neurocare Head Start charity event with over 600 taking part aiming to raise £20,000.

One group of 40 runners, who were kitted out in zombie outfits, have a special connection to the charity.

Family and friends of Chris Gregory, aged 37, of Hopefield Avenue, Birley, Sheffield, have been raising money for the charity after Chris had to have 90 per cent of a brain tumour removed in 2011.

His wife Mary said: “Chris still has his brain tumour but only part of it remains.

“The doctors told us it could grow back again but so far it hasn’t.

“We are here because Neurocare have provided Chris with equipment that he wouldn’t normally have.”

The fancy dress costume is a running theme year on year, said Mary.

“We’ve done this about five or six times now and we always dress up.

“It’s different each year just to make it a bit more fun and this year it’s zombies.”

Corin McCann, senior fundraiser for Neurocare organised the event.

She said: “The atmosphere has been really great with loads of runners taking part and it’s great to see so many of our supporters.

“They are the lifeblood of our charity and all the runners have done amazingly.

“All the money that we raise goes towards the neurology ward at Sheffield Hallamshire Hospital and makes sure that patients have the best facilities and the best equipment.”

The winner of the 10K race, Kevin Doyle, 42, of Westfield Road, Parkgate, Rotherham, had a 45 minute break then raced the 5K and won that as well.

He said: “It’s all good fun I love the atmosphere here and it’s great to get the legs working before the London Marathon next week.”