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Miles for Smiles in Manchester

Posted on: 2nd June 2017

On a day of mixed emotions, Chrissy and Trina went the distance for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

On Sunday 28 May, thousands gathered for the Great Manchester Run - starting with the half marathon, followed by the 10k race.

Among the half marathon runners were 2 members of our children and young people’s team in Sheffield, Christina Wilks (Chrissy) and Katrina Eccles (Trina), who were running in aid of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital neuro-ward.

“It was such a good day,” says Trina. “The weather was perfect for a long-distance run - cloudy but dry with a breeze.”

“There was a fantastic buzz.” says Chrissy. “There were thousands of people there, with a mixture of amateur and professional runners. Before we set off, there was an organised warm up for all the runners, which was brilliant.”

Before the race, a minute silence was held for the victims of the Manchester bombing that happened the Monday before. “It was really emotional,” says Chrissy, “and it was a lovely touch to end the silence with a spontaneous sing-along to ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ by Oasis.”

The pair were separated after a couple of miles but managed to find each other a mile before the end. “I’m glad we got to cross the finish line together,” says Trina.

“It felt really good to cross that finish line,” says Chrissy, “I was really aching by that point but the crowd cheering us on was a massive boost.”

“It went really well and I ran for a lot longer than I thought I could.” says Trina. “It feels really good that I’ve actually done it! I celebrated when I got home with a long shower and then sat in the garden, enjoying the afternoon sun and a glass of wine.”

It’s not too late to help Trina and Chrissy raise money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital neuro ward - please visit their JustGiving page.