Runners raise £3,000 in race tribute to Liz

Ready for the off: some of the 250 runners who raced in memory of Liz Smithies, below
Ready for the off: some of the 250 runners who raced in memory of Liz Smithies, below

a CHARITY 10k run brought 250 people on to the streets of Greetland.

It was organised in memory of Liz Smithies, who died from cancer aged 54 last September and raised around £3,000 for Breast Cancer Care.

Liz Smithies

Liz Smithies

Liz used to run with Stainland Lions and her 17-year-old son Josh started the 10k race from Clay House, then joined it and was the first under-18 to finish.

There was also a fun run and an Ergo challenge paddling machine.

Stainland Lions marshalled the event and served refreshments afterwards at its base, Heath RUFC.

Julie Neimantas, who helped organise the event, said it was a fitting tribute to Liz, who would have been 55 this month.

“We had 189 runners and with spectators and marshalls around 250 people involved,” she said. “Liz loved life, was fun and had loads of friends.”

Jim Taylor, of Stainland, raised £1,000. His wife Sally was a lifelong friend of Liz.

And Peter Benn ran the 3k fun run with his sons, carrying Zachary on his back and holding Dillon’s hand.

Mrs Neimantas thanked all those who took part, helpers and businesses that gave raffle prizes.