Retired B&B owner to take on 5km Colour Runner
A retired Bed & Breakfast owner, from Cheddleton, in the Staffordshire Moorlands, is to take on Stoke-on-Trent’s annual Colour Runner 5Km family fun run in order to raise vital funds for the charity that supported her daughter.
The 2km and 5km fun run will take place in Central Forest Park, in Sneyd Green, on Saturday 4th April, 2020.
In 2003 Jackie Griffiths, applied to Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, for funding for a bespoke powered wheelchair for her daughter Tilly.
Tilly, was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that left her a permanent wheelchair user, and at the age of three she required a new chair that would allow her to access the mainstream nursery that her older sister, Candice, attended.
Since then Caudwell Children has continued to support Tilly with the specialist equipment that she’s needed to thrive and now Jackie, aged 58, says she’s determined to pay back her debt of gratitude to the charity.
“Caudwell Children have been amazing and the equipment that they have supported Tilly with has helped to develop her confidence and self-esteem,” explained Jackie. “So much so that two years ago she scored in the top 1% of Stanford University’s entrance exam and she’s now in her second year studying Communications at the highly respected university, based in California.
“She’s achieved so much over the years, like learning to skate, sail, climb and play musical instruments, and much of this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Caudwell Children.
“The family can’t thank the charity enough, so when Caudwell Children created Colour Runner a number of years ago I promised myself that I would run it one day.
“And with Tilly, now 20, enjoying life in America, the time is right for me to get my running shoes on to raise funds for the charity.”
Jackie says that she was very sporty at school representing England in the National Schoolgirls Volleyball team. She also competed at athletics and played for a number of netball and basketball teams.
“I even completed the London Marathon back in 1995,” she exclaimed. “But I’m no longer a regular runner and I’m having to pick up speed and improve my fitness levels on my daily walk and jog with my Golden Retriever, Lexi.”
This year’s Colour Runner will be part of Caudwell Children’s #Team20 campaign to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.
Throughout 2020 Caudwell Children is encouraging people to engage with the charity in a number of ways, like taking part in a fundraising event, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join their #Team20.
The event, described by the charity as ‘the most colourful sporting event in the region’, sees participants blasted with powder paints as they run around the course, leaving them covered from head to toe in a rainbow of colours.
“I’m determined to complete the run,” said Jackie. “The support that my family has received from the charity has allowed us to achieve what seemed to be impossible goals.
“I’m taking part in Colour Runner so that other families can receive such transformative help.
“And I’m encouraging others to join me on the run as it’s such a whacky way to do something amazing.
“You won’t just be doing something wonderful for yourself, you’ll also be doing it for others.”
Kate Sherwin, from Caudwell Children, is delighted that Jackie has registered for the run. She said: “It’s brilliant that Jackie is supporting the charity in this way and she’ll have a great time.
“This is our seventh Colour Runner event and each year it gets bigger and better with participants coming from across Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and beyond.
“The 2km course is fully accessible and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, so the whole family can get involved.
“The event its built around having fun rather than breaking records and I think that is why it has become so popular so quickly.
“Jackie can run, walk, hop or skip around the course at a pace suitable for her and Lexi!”
Entry to the 5km event is £22 for adults and £15 for children (aged 14 and under). Entry to the 2km run is £15 for adults and £9 for children. Children can run unaccompanied from the age of 14, whilst children 13 and under must run with a responsible adult.
Entry includes a free Colour Runner T-Shirt for adults and a free pair of sunglasses for children. All participants who complete the course will receive a prestigious Colour Runner medal.
“We’re asking those who register for the event to set themselves a £50 fundraising target,” concluded Kate.
Caudwell Children will provide each runner with a fundraising pack, containing an A-Z of fundraising ideas, to help them smash their target.
For further information and to register for the event visit the web page here.