Race and fun run to celebrate Alice’s life and support cause

Last year's Alice's Run under way
Last year's Alice's Run under way

Runners across the Calder Valley are being urged to lace up their trainers and take part in multi-terrain challenge Alice’s Run for Leeds-based national charity Epilepsy Action.

The 10k race will wind through the Calder Valley in a month’s time, on Sunday, September 1.

It will raise vital funds for Epilepsy Action, which supports the 600,000 people living with epilepsy across the UK.

Now in its eighth year, the race was set up to celebrate the life of Leeds Metropolitan University student, Alice Redmond.

Alice, from Hebden Bridge, died following a tragic accident in August 2005. She worked at Epilepsy Action during her student placement year, helping to organise fundraising events and raise awareness of epilepsy.

The race will start at 10.30am at Brearley Fields in Mytholmroyd and will finish at Calder High School.

Set in the Calder Valley countryside, runners and walkers will follow a circular route around Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. The event is suitable for serious runners and those looking for a countryside walk. There will be T-shirts and refreshments for all finishers, and prizes for first, second and third (male and female), as well as veterans.

There will also be a kilometre children’s fun run with all finishers receiving a medal. This additional race will be held at 10.45am, at Calder High School field.

Liv and Steve Redmond, Alice’s parents, said: “We are so pleased that so many people continue to support this event as a tribute to Alice and to raise funds for a charity which was so special in her life.

“We hope that this year’s event will, once again, be really successful and provide a splendid day out for everybody - runners, walkers and children - together with friends and family meeting up to remember Alice.”

Philippa Cartwright, fundraising events manager at Epilepsy Action, said: “Since it began in 2006, Alice’s Run has raised more than £50,000 in memory of Alice. The event is a fitting tribute to a much loved and respected member of the Epilepsy Action team. We hope as many people as possible will sign up to the event and help raise vital funds to help support people affected by epilepsy in memory of Alice.”