Fun event raises cash for poorly children
By Martin Paul - Senior Reporter
A FUN event for runners, walkers, horse-riders, cyclists and dog walkers has raised more than £1,000 for a children’s heart charity.
Some 130 people took part in the 3k and 6k Jubilee Challenge at Woodland, on Friday June 3,
Starting at the Edge Hotel, the route followed the Woodland Triangle, which takes participants to the edge of Hamsterley Forest and boasts views across to Vale of York and the Pennines.
It is the third time running enthusiast and Woodland resident Tim Smith has organised a fun trip out along the route, having previously raised almost £900 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service during the inaugural event in January, followed by £1,300 for the Ukrainian war effort in March.
Mr Smith decided to give cash from the latest event to the Freeman Hospital’s Children Heart Unit Foundation (CHUF), in honour of Cockfield youngster Olivia Wall who underwent several surgeries there to recover from pulmonary atresia.
As well as people who simply wanted a fun day out, the race also attracted runners from Evenwood Road Runners and Teesdale Athletics Club. Some £1,170 was raised.
Mr Smith said: “I am very pleased. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and chatting along the way, so it was very social too.”
Mr Smith said he hoped to plan another event for Halloween.