Generous Rotherham residents help Virtual 10k total pass £8k mark

Generous Rotherham residents help Virtual 10k total pass £8k mark

By Michael Upton | 20/05/2020

Generous Rotherham residents help Virtual 10k total pass £8k mark


MARATHON man Ray Matthews said he was inspired by the positivity the Rotherham Virtual 10k had brought out in people of all ages and abilities as the event's fundraising total smashed the £8,000 barrier.

The event for Age UK has a target of £10,000, as promoted by the #10kfor10k slogan, and Maltby runner Ray said he was confident this would be reached after dozens of people signed up.

Among the participants is 18-month-old Rawmarsh toddler Lily Doyle, who was presented with her medal this week after completing the distance in instalments, and Newman School dog Newie.

"The event has been a massive success and has put a good feeling out there in Rotherham," said Ray.

The initial aim was for runners and walkers to complete their 10k by last weekend but Ray added: "If someone want to do it now, we're not going to stop them!"

Anyone registering their running results and making a donation through the event website at can claim a medal and certificate, with certificates on offer for shorter distances.

More than 250 people have registered, spread as far and wide as Hull, Southampton, Bury, Scotland and even Cleveland, Ohio.

Lesley Dabell, Age UK Rotherham chief executive, said: "This has been a fantastic effort by everyone involved including the runners - or walkers or cyclists or toddlers or dogs - who have taken part, and the organisers of the Virtual Rotherham 10k, who were determined that this event would go ahead despite the Coronavirus restrictions.  

"Age UK Rotherham has potentially lost about 50 per cent of our income so far this year as a result of the virus so this money will help us to continue to deliver services and support to older people across Rotherham in the coming months.  

"This is more important now than ever, as older people are even more isolated and in need of our support.  

"Thank you very much to everyone who has supported the event - we are thrilled at the response from you all, and the amount of money raised is amazing."

Cllr Sarah Allen, Rotherham Council's cabinet member for cleaner, greener Communities, said: "It has been lovely to see people of all ages and abilities participating in this event and cheering each other on across social media.

"In keeping with the goals of our cultural strategy, the Virtual 10k was also a great way to help people to get more active, more often.

"Exercise is such an important thing for everyone, especially at this moment in time, as it has so many benefits for your physical and mental health.

"Following the success of the event we are looking at ways to help people stay active, so please keep your eye on the Facebook page for updates and more information."


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