Running to the aid of Alder Hey Hospital

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‘Team Lewis’ at the Alder Hey fun run. Pic © Abigail Lawrence JMU Journalism

Despite the rain and cloudy start, more than a thousand people turned up to take part in the Alder Hey 10K and family fun run around Croxteth Hall and Country Park.

This is the second year the run has taken place in aid of the Liverpool children’s hospital, with runners and their supporters remaining in positive spirits amid the Sunday morning gloom.

Helen Sahgal, 35, from Liverpool was the first female to complete the run in a time of just 40 minutes and six seconds.

She told JMU Journalism: “I took part today because I’m trying to get my fitness back. I really enjoy racing. Today was really good; I had a lot of fun. The weather conditions were nice and cool.

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“The run was well marshalled, everyone taking part was friendly. It was a good event and people definitely should get involved. It gets people running and supports a great cause.”

Helen Sahgal, who gained 1st place among the female runners. Pic © Abigail Lawrence JMU Journalism

‘Team Lewis’, the family and friends of a five-year-old boy with Apert syndrome, took part in the run to help raise money and awareness.

Donna Connett from Halifax told JMU Journalism: “Our son Lewis has been treated at Alder Hey children’s hospital for the past five years. He has had 14 surgeries to date.

“We do a lot of fundraising, challenges and activities to raise money and awareness for the hospital. Our team gets bigger and bigger; today we had seven people in the 10K and three people in the family fun run. Lewis took part in the fun run in his pushchair.

“Alder Hey is an amazing place, with amazing people who are truly remarkable.”

Alder Hey organises a variety of events to help raise money for the charity, with more planned for the rest of the year.

For more details on how to raise money via the Alder Hey running hub, click here.

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