Bluebell Wood inspires Chris to run first half marathon

Chris Mason will run Sheffield half marathon for Bluebell Wood Children's HospiceA wish to do something for children facing tougher times than his own has inspired Chris Mason from Sheffield to run his first ever half marathon this April.

Chris (27) who lives in Harthill, will be running the Sheffield Half Marathon on 8 April in support of Bluebell Wood.

A team leader with Interserve Learning and Employment, Chris has become familiar with South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice through his employer, which regularly supports Bluebell Wood with volunteer days and fundraising events.

Chris will be taking on one of the most scenic half marathon routes in the UK when he runs from the city centre out into the Peak District and back. He is currently running three or four times a week in training for the big day.

Chris said: “I want to run the half marathon to raise money for children and young adults that don’t have the opportunity to do something like this. Having children myself, I’ve realised just how fortunate many of us are and how important it is to help families dealing with really difficult circumstances. Working at Interserve has helped me understand the amazing support that Bluebell Wood gives families facing the toughest of times.

“I’m currently doing eight mile runs during the week and then one 12 or 13 mile run at the weekend. I’m aiming to finish the half marathon in one hour 35 minutes. I originally set a fundraising target of £100 for Bluebell Wood, but have already had more than that in donations, so am hoping it will go much higher.”

Gail Parkin, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: “It’s great to hear Chris has been motivated to run through his experiences with Bluebell Wood and we can’t wait to see how he gets on. The half marathon is a fantastic opportunity to see the sights of Sheffield and the Peak District and challenge yourself in 2018. We’d love to see lots of people on the start line in the Bluebell Wood vest, because every penny raised really will make all the difference to our families.”

To book your place in the Sheffield Half Marathon with Bluebell Wood contact Gail Parkin on 01909 517362 or at gail.parkin@bluebellwood.org

To sponsor Chris’ run visit his Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-mason28

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