Half marathoners reveal their reasons for running ...

For charity, for a PB, for a lost loved one ... there are endless reasons why thousands will pull on their trainers for the Yorkshire Half Marathon this Sunday.

Here are just a few reasons why our participants will be there on the start line.


Nurse’s charity challenge in memory of friend Joe

Sheffield nurse Amanda Russell is tackling her first half marathon in memory of a friend who was killed last year while cycling.

Joe Highfield, 38, died last July in a collision with a car in Hillsborough.

The IT manager, who was married with twin boys, was a keen runner and completed the Paris Marathon shortly before his death.

Now family friend Amanda is all set to run in Joe’s memory and to raise funds for charities he supported.

Amanda said: “Joe used to try to get me to up my challenge levels and do a 10K   but I wouldn’t. Then last October I managed to do the Sheffield 10K and decided to do the half marathon to raise money for charities Joe supported.

“He raised thousands of pounds for charity so this will be a nice way to honour his memory. Joe’s wife and boys are coming to support me. This will be the farthest I have ever run but I have managed to run most of the route in training.”

Amanda is raising money for SCOPE and CDH UK.


Friends remember Caroline with half marathon effort 

A group of runners are pulling on their trainers to raise money for Caroline’s Gift, launched by Caroline Butcher, of Anston, Sheffield, who lost her battle with cancer last August.

A group of Caroline’s friends are taking on the half marathon challenge to raise money for the charity, which supports cancer sufferers and their families in the Sheffield and surrounding area.

Caroline’s Gift provides financial help for a variety of things such as childcare, cleaning, transport costs for hospital appointments, household repairs, school uniform and other day to day expenditure which, as the charity’s website says, “can often get in the way of resting or making memories.”

Ellena Harrington, of Anston, is one of the team running in aid of the charity.

She said: “This is not about raising money for research or treatments. Caroline’s Gift tries to help with day to day financial burdens so that families can enjoy their time together.

“Caroline was amazing. She always put other people first and after her diagnosis continued to support school events and live life to the full. The charity is very fitting legacy.”

For more information about Caroline’s Gift and to apply for a grant go tocarolinesgift.co.uk.


Amnesty International’s half marathon boost in memory of Indi

A team of runners are tackling the half in memory of a friend who was just 32-year-old when he died last year.

Housing worker Indi Bachada, who had a rare undiagnosed heart condition, died in July.

And now over 30 of his friends are to take part in the half marathon to raise money for Amnesty International, a charity close to his heart and to which he made a monthly donation.

Indi came to Sheffield in 2002 as a student and lived in the city for a number of years before moving to Birmingham.  Many of those running are friends he made while studying.

One of the team, Dave Forrest, who lives in Sheffield, said: “We were all extremely saddened by Indi’s death and wanted to do something positive to honour his memory.

“He ran the Sheffield Half Marathon in 2007 so running a half marathon in the city he loved seemed an appropriate way to celebrate Indi’s life.

“He had a strong social conscience and that was reflected in his support for Amnesty International. We have already raised over £6,500 and hopefully we can push that figure towards £10,000 before the run.”

The team will be cheered on by Debbie and Mark Beaumont-Thomas, the parents of Indi’s girlfriend, Ashley.

The couple, who live in Sheffield and will be in the middle of a Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride to raise money for Amnesty International in Indi’s memory, plan to take a rest day to watch the race.


Please note, photographs used are for illustration of the event only. 

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