Instead of just running one race, Diane came up with the idea of running 12 races in 12 months to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice!

In 2018, Diane Crookes, Assistant Head of St Martin’s Preparatory School in Grimsby, raised £335 for CALM by running the Ørsted Grimsby 10k! She decided that this year, she wanted to raise money for a local charity and do something a little different!

Instead of just running one race, Diane came up with the idea of running 12 races in 12 months to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice! The races are all a variety of distances and difficulties and she began this journey in January 2019, hoping to raise £800 for St Andrew’s Hospice!

Diane has successfully taken part in 5 out of her 12 races so far including Yorkshire Wildlife’s 10k and the Race for Life in Cleethorpes. Her latest race being the Grimsthorpe Gallop, which was a 10k run at Grimsthorpe Castle on Sunday 23rd June!

Diane said: “The views were stunning and the hills challenging. Only 7 more to complete.”

So far, Diane has raised over £600 for the hospice! St Martin’s Preparatory School has provided her with her running outfit, which consists of the school colours and explains which charity she is raising money for!

She added: “Many parents have sponsored me already and the children in my school are keen to see me achieve the challenge. It has been a good way to promote a healthy and active lifestyle within the school environment and to encourage our pupils to support local charities.”

One of Diane’s colleagues also joins her on some of the races, promoting teamwork and support for one another, setting a brilliant example to all of their students. Karl Gilchrist will be joining Diane for the Gruesome Twosome 10k in October. This unique and popular race takes place in the village of Swallow in Lincolnshire and involves running in pairs over the Lincolnshire Wolds with the famous Beanie hat, “sausage/cheese roll and cuppa” waiting for you in the village park.

The races that she is taking part in are mostly local, but some are near Essex, such as Billericay 10k in November, near where some of her extended family lives. The race that Diane will start off her second half of the challenge with is the Ørsted Grimsby 10k, in which the hospice are hoping to have 40 people run for them this year, to celebrate their 40th Anniversary!

The races on Diane’s calendar also include the Caistor Sting 10k on 7th July, the Humber 5k in Cleethorpes on 15th September and the Sprout 10k in Doncaster on 8th December.

Diane will finish this challenge with the Santa Stride in Cleethorpes on the 15th December, which involves walking, jogging or running dressed up in a Santa suit! Participants can take part however they want, they can even take pushchairs and get involved in the pre-event Christmas Singing and Santa Warm-Up. A fitting grand finale to a fantastic challenge!

To support Diane in her fundraising for St Andrew’s Hospice, please visit her fundraising page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/diane-crookes1

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