Alfie Gough Memorial Run 2015
Runners from across the county took part in a brand new evening event for Kent to commemorate the life of Alfie Gough
The Alfie Gough Memorial run took part on 29th July at King George VI Park. The run held under UK athletics rules consisted of a 10K, 5K and a children’s race around the park. Over 230 runners took part in the 5 & 10K. The evening begun with a family warm up led by motiv8 Sports and then straight in to the fun run with 80 children who raced around the park all receiving a medal.
Many runners from various running clubs joined for the evening to take part in the grueling route which contains many hills , all enjoyed the challenge of this route with some impressive times being achieved.
The event was kindly sponsored by Thorley Taverns and Ramsgate Town Council with Goody Bags provided from ASDA Broadstairs and London Array. Many local businesses also joined to support the event.
The planning of this run led to the creation of a new running club for Thanet – ‘Alfie’s Striders’. The group have been meeting at 10am on Sunday’s at King George VI Park and 7PM Wednesday evenings from the Government Acre Ramsgate providing each week running coaching sessions free for anyone to join at all abilities. The group continues to grow each week and always welcomes new members please contact via Alfie’s Striders Facebook page.
Now in the 4th year as fully established registered charity in Kent The Alfie Gough Trust founded by parents Dean and Sarah Gough after loosing their son Alfie at 2 years old to Neuroblastoma. They have continued to raise money helping other families with children suffering from Cancer and other serious illnesses. The charity is now funding a complementary therapy program at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The trust will fund the Complementary Therapy Nurse Specialist over the next three years at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Complementary therapies are being used more and more in hospitals alongside clinical treatment. The aim is to alleviate the symptoms of certain illnesses, while also helping with anxiety, fear, stress, pain management and sleeping problems.
The Great Ormond Street complementary therapy program has been running since 2011 and relies solely on charitable funding.
Sarah Gough Said “we were delighted with the warm and friendly atmosphere in the evening and we hope to hold this each year in memory of our baby boy raising funds to help others”.