Memorial 10k run makes fund-raising strides

Runners set off on the 2011 Alice's Run for Epilepsy Action at Brearley Fields, Mytholmroyd - September 2011
Runners set off on the 2011 Alice's Run for Epilepsy Action at Brearley Fields, Mytholmroyd - September 2011
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HUNDREDS of runners got their trainers on in memory of a university student.

Alice’s Run is held every year in tribute to Alice Redmond, from Blackshaw Head.

The 21-year-old Leeds Metropolitan University student died in August 2005 when she fell from the window of a flat while trying to help a neighbour who was locked out.

Alice was heavily involved in working for Epilepsy Action during her student placement and the run is held to raise money for the organisation.

Last Sunday, 200 runners took on the 10k multi-terrain race through the Calder Valley, setting off from Brearley Field in Mytholmroyd and finishing at Calder High School.

They are expected to have raised £7,500 for the fund.

Louise Whalley, from Epilepsy Action, said they had collected £45,000 since the event started, and had more than 2,000 runners taking part.

She thanked everyone who had taken part and supported the event.

Philippa Cartwright, events manager at Epilepsy Action, added: “The event is a fitting tribute to a much loved and respected member of the Epilepsy Action team.”

Alice’s parents Liv and Steve Redmond said: “We are really pleased that Alice’s Run continues to be so successful.

“It provides the perfect opportunity for the family and friends of Alice to come together, but it also has become an enjoyable and challenging running event in its own right.

“As well as being a race for serious runners, it is now appreciated as a lovely day out for walkers, who are able to savour the beautiful countryside we are lucky to enjoy in our own locality.

“The money raised since the first Alice’s Run has made a valuable contribution to the work of Epilepsy Action and we feel that it has been a fitting tribute to Alice’s memory.”