Generosity of spirit was the theme at a memorable Market Drayton 10K on Sunday (7 May) for the Wolverhampton Bobsled Team. This was the first of several races for the West Midlands four, who this year have been joined by new member Jane Sutton.
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The team was formed in 2012 and fundraises for charity by running in various events, carrying a bobsleigh, while dressed as the Jamaican bobsleigh team from the 1993 Disney film Cool Runnings.
Jane is the mother of the late Stephen Sutton, an inspirational young man who raised over £3 million for Teenage Cancer Trust before he died on 14 May 2014 aged only 19. This total has now exceeded £5.6 million and continues to rise thanks to people organising fundraising events in Stephen’s name.
Jane has undertaken a couple of challenges to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust: running London Marathon in 2015; and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016. She had her photo taken at the 2016 London Marathon with the Bobsled Team who, after expressing their support for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Stephen’s Story, invited her to join them. They will fundraise for both causes until the end of 2018.
There was a carnival atmosphere at the Sunday's race with runners, marshals and spectators cheering Jane Sutton and the Bobsled Team on their way. This was particularly noticeable in the final kilometre where finishers lined the streets to applaud them and make donations. A total of £310.28, raised before and during the race, was the culmination of a successful day for Jane and the team.
Their next event is the Great Midlands Fun Run on 4 June at Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.
Online donations can be made at their Virgin Money Giving page.
Photo courtesy of Neil Hendy