Going that extra mile for a worthy cause

Race 4 a Laugh, Barkisland.
Race 4 a Laugh, Barkisland.

Hundreds of runners braved downpours to tackle a New Year’s Day charity fundraiser.

More than 200 runners of all ages raised money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association in the seventh 5k Race 4 a Laugh event at Barkisland.

This year’s race, which began at Barkisland Cricket Club, was held in memory of Elland cricketer Phil Hamer, who lost his battle against Motor Neurone Disease in November.

Gail Herring, one of the organisers of the race, said: “It went really well - we were a bit unlucky with the weather but people still came out.

“People were committed and it was a really good day.”

Mr Hamer, 65, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in March.

The cricket stalwart spent his early years in Barkisland and played for the village’s cricket team - he was also a pioneering member of the group which set up the Halifax Sunday Cricket League.

Organisers hope that around £1,700 to £1,800 will be raised for charity from the event.