Plans are firmly in place for this year’s Virtual Chew Valley 10k, which takes place from 12th September – 31st October 2021 and is open to all ages, including children.

This year’s scaled-down Chew Valley 10k on 12th September has less than a third of the usual places available and is sold out, but you can still join in the fun and support the beneficiary charities in the process by taking part in the Virtual Chew Valley 10k.

Lisa Chaplin, Managing Director of Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, says “We are thrilled to be the main sponsor of this wonderful community event for the eighth year, supportingthe beneficiary charities and also the local community in the process.”

This year, the Chew Valley 10k and Virtual Chew Valley 10k will help raise much-needed funds for Chew Valley School Society, Bishop Sutton School Society, Chew Valley-based NICU Support (which supports premature babies and their families and local Neo-Natal Units) and the Lymphoma Research Trust (www.lymphoma-research-trust.org.uk) , in memory of much-loved Bishop Sutton resident, Mr Mark Wookey.

Jane Wookey, will be running with her family (pictured) to help raise awareness of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, in memory of her husband. Jane explains why:

“My husband Mark, was 50 years old, when he died. He was a local builder, a funny kind father to our children, Charlie (14yrs), Jess (11yrs) and Sam (7yrs). After a 2 week investigation of being tired and visual problems, he was diagnosed with a rare aggressive type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in February 2017. He died in November 2017.

He underwent aggressive chemotherapy 3 times a week for 6 months and a bone marrow transplant to try and deter this cancer. Despite this, he remained brave and heroic and strove to remain a dad to Charlie, Jess and Sam and to continue normal family life as much as possible . This was incredibly hard for him to do.

He would want everyone to be aware of the signs and effects of this disease and the fact that it can ferociously hit anyone at any time.Our family continues but with a massive hole that we cannot fill despite nearly 4 years passing, it still feels like yesterday.

The Lymphoma Research Trust (www.lymphoma-research-trust.org.uk) is a small charity that specialises in finding new treatments and funding for clinical trials for cancers such as the one Mark died of. It is vitally important it continues and to carry on this work . The fundraising from the  Chew Valley 10k will help massively.

I am not a runner. Mark would find it hilarious that I am doing this. But I would run further than 10k if it meant that this cancer could be beaten and no other family would have to go through what we have and still are.”

All Virtual Chew Valley 10k entrants will receive a bespoke event medal and the option of a 2021 technical event T-shirt to wear with pride (adult sizes XS – XXL available). The Virtual CV10k can be completed at any time from the afternoon of 12th September – 31st October 2021 and entrants can run, walk, plod (or all three!) on any route they choose and at a time of day to suit them – ideal if you want to do it with younger or older members of the family – all details can be found at www.chewvalley10k.co.uk .

So, if you need some inspiration and fancy a fitness challenge, on your own or with family and friends and want to help support this much-loved community event and the beneficiary charities in the process, why not get involved – visit www.chewvalley10k.co.uk to find out all the details and to enter. You can even raise further sponsorship for the beneficiary charities on the race entry page at the click of a button, or make a donation. You can also follow both the in-person and Virtual events on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @chewvalley10k.co.uk.

We would like to thank Jane for sharing her story with us – it is much appreciated

Lymphoma Research Trust – the 2021 Nominated Charity