Running on in memory of Janet

Runners raise cash for the Motor Neurone disease charity.'Jo Forbes ,centre,accepts the cheque for �567 on behalf of the motor neurone disease charity from charity runners,from left,Colin Bayes,Lesley Bayes,David Reading and Avril Reading.'Picture by Neil Silk   114612
Runners raise cash for the Motor Neurone disease charity.'Jo Forbes ,centre,accepts the cheque for �567 on behalf of the motor neurone disease charity from charity runners,from left,Colin Bayes,Lesley Bayes,David Reading and Avril Reading.'Picture by Neil Silk 114612
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A TEAM of Scarborough runners raised more than £500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of their friend Janet.

Janet Lawrence died from the disease on October 23 at the age of 65.

She was a keen runner with Scarborough Athletic Club, and social secretary at the club.

Before she died she challenged Scarborough Athletic Club’s Crinkly Cruisers to run the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k run.

The running pensioners accepted, and decided to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association in honour of Janet.

However a week before the race Janet sadly died.

Lesley Bayes, a runner with the Crinkly Cruisers, said: “Janet knew we were running and raising money before she died, which was special as even though we hadn’t done a lot of training we all got round for Janet.”

The team raised a total of £567, and presented a cheque to Janet’s daughter who accepted the donation on behalf of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Crinkly Cruisers runner Colin Bayes added: “We were really pleased to have raised so much money. There are a lot of people touched by this disease. You don’t realise until you start raising money and approaching people just how many can relate to the charity.”