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Hundreds hit the streets for local hospice

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Hundreds of men and women took to the streets of Halifax in the Overgate Hospice runs.

Crowds of over 350 runners gathered at Halifax’s Trinity Academy, Shay Lane, on Sunday morning to take part in either a fun 5k run or a 10k run to raise funds for the Elland hospice that offers palliative care for Calderdale men and women.

The 5k race started from Shay Lane, went onto Riley Lane before finishing on Holdsworth Road.

Starting from Shay Lane, the 10k race then made its way to Bradshaw Lane, Green Lane, Perseverance Road, Ned Hill Road, Syke Lane, Keighley Road, Shay Lane; finishing along Holdsworth Road.

Braving the rain and running for the first time in the 5k race, Julie Clark, of Booth, ran with her two daughters Abigail, 25, and Sophie, 22, and cousin, Mandy Hodson, of Southowram.

Julie said: “I’ve just found out my friend has been diagnosed with breast cancer. After hearing the news, I made a last minute decision to do the race. It’s good that my daughters are now more aware of the work the hospice does.”

Mandy Hodson’s mother was cared for at Overgate when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The girls celebrated their hard efforts by enjoying an after race meal at the Sportsman, Greetland.

Overgate Hospice’s Rebecca Gill, said: “It means a great deal to have so many local people take on this challenging route in support of the hard work that goes on at Overgate.

Ms Gill said the hospice hopes the race will raise around £20,000 which will be used towards patient care.

 

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