A DETERMINED 18-month-old girl has emerged as an unofficial mascot of the Rotherham Virtual 10k.
Multi-marathon man Ray Matthews said he was heartened by the enthusiasm of little Lily Doyle of Rawmarsh, who is among the legion of supporters who have signed up to run, walk or even toddle 10k in aid of Age UK Rotherham.
Ray, of Maltby, said: “It has been really heart-warming the way people are getting behind this venture and engaging with it.
“Lily and her family are doing it so she is a little mascot for us. She has just smashed her fundraising target and her parents say she is getting herself ready and heading for the door when she wants to go out.”
Other supporters include Newie, the school dog at Newman School in Whiston,who has raised £140 in sponsorship, and teacher Blake Newman, who has taken the challenge to the next level and is aiming for 10k every day for ten days.
The Virtual 10k, run by Rotherham Harriers, was launched last week to bring in much-needed cash for Age UK Rotherham after the plug had to be pulled in March on the Rotherham 10k race from Clifton Park, which was due to be held this Sunday.
Supporters of all ages and abilities can register through the virtual event website — anyone completing 10k and donating £10 is eligible for a medal while those recording a shorter distance can download a certificate.
Ray, who urged people to get running as soon as possible, said he expected the original “10k for Age UK” target of £10,000 to be smashed, saying: “There are a number of great things happening with lots of fundraising going on.”
Visit https://www.rotherham10k.com/virtual.php to sign up.