An event which has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity for almost a decade has had its swansong.
Alice’s Run, held in memory of Alice Redmond, a Blackshaw Head girl who died following a tragic accident in 2005, took place for the tenth and final time over the weekend.
Nearly 200 runners and walkers took to the streets and trails of Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge to take part in the 10k race through the Calder Valley.
The event raises vital funds for Epilepsy Action, which supports people living with epilepsy across the UK. The charity was one close to Alice’s heart and during her time as a student at Leeds Metropolitan University, she worked tirelessly for the charity, helping to organise fundraising events and raise awareness of the condition.
This year’s run was a celebration of all that has been achieved in Alice’s memory over the past ten years. Since it began in 2006, more than 2,400 runners have crossed the finish line of Alice’s Run, and nearly £60,000 has been raised.
The first man over the finish line at Calder High School was Jamie Fradgley of the Stainland Lions who completed the course with an impressive running time of 36 minutes and 38 seconds. Kirsty Allen of the Baildon Runners was fastest in the women’s category with a time of 41 minutes and 45 seconds. In addition to the main 10k race, 24 children completed there was a kilometre children’s fun run.
Katie Reah, fundraising events manager at Epilepsy Action, said: “We are hugely grateful to everyone who has supported Alice’s Run, and to everyone who helped us celebrate this year’s final race on Sunday. The run has been a great tribute to a much loved and respected member of the Epilepsy Action team. It has also raised a fantastic amount of money to support people affected by epilepsy in the UK.
“Together with Alice’s family, we have decided to make this the last Alice’s Run. We will continue to celebrate Alice’s legacy at the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k road race.”
The funds raised from Alice’s Run will help to support Epilepsy Action’s work all over the UK.