Memorial run raises more than £1,500 for Youth Sport Trust

An inaugural trail run in honour of sports enthusiast Ben Campbell has raised more than £1,500 for the Youth Sport Trust.

An inaugural trail run in honour of sports enthusiast Ben Campbell has raised more than £1,500 for the Youth Sport Trust.

The event in North Yorkshire took place in the stunning off-road scenery of Kilburn Woods near Thirsk with a 5 kilometre and 10 kilometre run available for both new and experienced runners. The day concluded with a charity gig at the Crown and Anchor with a special performance by the Citizen Smith band.

Race Director John Withinshaw and his partner Nicky Fearn organised the races to commemorate the life of friend Ben Campbell, who died tragically and unexpectedly at the age of 36 of pneumococcal pneumonia earlier this year.

Ben grew up in Thirsk with his partner Helen and young twin boys,and was a keen runner and mountain biker.  The hope is that this will become an annual, non-profit making event.

John said: "I was truly blown away by the success of the race, and Ben would have been so proud of everyone involved. The weather wasn't great, but that just added to the challenge of a trail run. The standard of running was superb on such a tricky course, and we now have some great bench marks to aim at for the coming years."

All surplus funds raised will be donated to the Youth Sport Trust to assist young people in sport. This was the wish of Ben's family, who will be supporting the event.

There is still time to donate, and if you wish to do so, please visit:

The race winners were:

  • 5km male - Ian Mitchell
  • 5km female - Sonia Van der Westhuizen
  • 10km male - Lee Dalton
  • 10km female - Olivia Mulligan

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