Runners step up the pace for cancer charity

by | 5 September 2019 | Local Charity, Worksop

An inspiring team of runners from Worksop are striding ahead with plans to run the 90-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall to help raise funds for local cancer charity, Aurora Wellbeing. On Saturday 7th September the ‘Run the Wall’ team will host a launch event at Aurora Wellbeing Centre in the Old Library Building, Worksop from 10.00am to 2.00pm to officially launch the activity.

The event will be an opportunity to find out about the fundraising challenge and hear about the gruelling four day coast to coast run. A short ‘Run the Wall’ running challenge will take place around the Memorial Gardens at 12.00pm and special guests and dignitaries will come together to officially launch the activity. The Aurora Centre will be open to the general public throughout the event with stalls, tombola, family activities, along with the charity shop and café serving light lunches.

Run the Wall is a 90-mile fundraising challenge taking place over four days in May 2020. To date, 96 runners have signed up to run and support the event, with 33 runners committed to running the entire 90 miles. The activity is the inspiration of Worksop mum and running enthusiast Sarah Johnson who was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time in January this year. Sarah accessed support from Aurora during and after her treatment and would like to help raise funds and alert others to the support offered by the charity.

Sarah explained: “In January this year the familiar feeling of fear returned to our family, with my particular anxiety around my children and how they would cope when I was ill. So, with too much time to think whilst recovering from a mastectomy, my thoughts turned to my dreams for the future and a long-standing dream to run Hadrian’s Wall, coast to coast, 90 miles over four days.”

The dream is now a fundraising reality and the money raised from the challenge will support Aurora Centre in Worksop to extend their services, in particular to support children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer.
For further information, call 01909 470985 or email hospitality@aurorawellbeing.org.uk.