EARLY on Sunday morning, 242 runners lined up to run 5km and raise £10,000 in the name of Diane Jones.
Diane sadly passed away in September but her children, Mitchell, 13, and Abbey, 10, with their father Ian and aunt Kay Norton, have been tirelessly fundraising in her memory.
Kay arranged the 5km race, which took place at the Cheshire County Sports Club in Upton, on the suggestion of Mitchell and Abbey, who designed T-shirts which the runners had the option of buying.
West Cheshire AC runner Louis Humphreys crossed the finishing line in first place.
The money raised will go to the Countess of Chester Breast Care Education and Equipment Fund and the race brings their fundraising total to £10,000.
Kay said: “This is not a bad total to achieve in three months. We are very proud of ourselves.
“It was a lot of hard work but worth it in the end. The run was fabulous!
“We felt very privileged to have Diane’s consultants, Mrs Claudia Harding-Makean who started the race, and Mrs Liz Redmond, who was accompanied by several members of the breast care team at the Countess who actually gave up their precious free time to run.”
Kay, Ian, Mitchell and Abbey would like to thank Design Group Chester & Runway, Chester Insurance Services who paid for the liability insurance for the run to take place, and St John Ambulance who waived their normal charge to cover events of this nature. Mike Lamb from West Cheshire AC played a major part, along with Lesley Billingsley, Caroline Wolfe and all the Marshals.
Kay added: “I would also like to thank Abi March, Mitchell’s teacher from Upton High School, who kindly ran with Mitchell and classmates, Dan Riley, Abbey’s teacher from Upton Heath Primary School, who also took part along with headteacher Claire Lyons, school secretary Joan Skelton and other members of staff.”