On Sunday 11 September, James Metcalfe will be leading a team of 27 in the Great North Run in memory of his 4-year old son, Guy.

Guy was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014, and sadly died on October 02 2015; he would have been 5 on the 14th of that month.

Candlelighters Guy Metcalfe 7
Guy having a chat with his nurse

His dad, James, will be celebrating Guy’s life on Sunday by taking on a massive challenge: running the 13.1 miles half-marathon then cycling 90 miles home back to Malton, North Yorkshire. He will be joined by 2 friends for this double challenge, and another 24 will be completing the race as part of Team Guy.

James, interviewed by the Malton Gazette & Herald, said:

“It was first suggested back in January that we do it and everyone was up for it, although some have done more training than others. I started training in April and was doing really well until I had an Achilles tendon injury which was debilitating and I had to go for physio. I’ve just started running again and recently did 10 miles which felt alright so hopefully it will be okay on the day. I have always cycled a lot so I am confident about that.”

“I want to push myself and if I suffer pain for a few hours it is nothing to what Guy went through.”

“Tracey and I are back at work, but we are still struggling and it is really difficult to tell people how we really feel,” he said. “It is just about getting through each day while thinking about Guy. I love to talk about him – he was the proudest thing in my life.

“I have lost my best friend and life feels very very empty. Candlelighters have been, and are there for us. I would like to give a little something back.”

Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/J-metcalfe3 to sponsor James or Text GUYS93 £5 to 70070

Banner picture courtesy of Malton Gazette & Herald

Thixendale rapeseed oil team grease the joints for charity run


A trio from a Yorkshire Wolds rapeseed oil business are hoping to be raising more than just their heart rates when they tackle the Great North Run next month.


Spurred on after witnessing a child close to them battle through cancer, Adam Palmer (director), Ian Mansell (head of production) and Akalia Maclaurin (marketing support) from Thixendale-based Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil, will be pounding the pavements to raise funds for Yorkshire’s children’s cancer charity, Candlelighters.


They are hoping to raise £750 for the charity after seeing the work the organisation does to help children with cancer and their families.


It is the first time Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil has entered a team to run for charity and they hope to complete the half marathon in Newcastle and Gateshead in reasonable time, Akalia said.


“We’re all amateur runners and we hope people will be cheering us on when they see us come through.”


Having run 10k races and half marathons, Akalia and Adam are no strangers to running whilst Ian is relying on his background in fitness to get him through the event.


Akalia added: “We’ve found that training has been ok, although I’ve had to take two separate weeks out of training with injury and illness. Adam struggles to find the time to train because he works unbelievably long hours but he’ll still get around, and Ian is fitter than both of us to start with so will probably fly around with minimal training!”


“We’d just like to encourage everybody to donate anything they can, even if it’s a pound because it all adds up. Children’s cancer impacts so many families and there’s so little spent on research investigating it and finding cures for the rarer types.”


“We want to show our support for Candlelighters because it’s an amazing charity and has supported thousands of families through impossibly difficult times.”


Noemie Salvaudon, Events Fundraiser at Candlelighters, said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil and their customers for their support.”


“They’ll be part of a 100-strong team tackling the Great North Run in support of Candlelighters.”


“We rely entirely on donations and need to raise £1.5 million a year to fund our work, so the money they raise will help us deliver much-needed support to families affected by childhood cancer around Yorkshire, including activities for siblings of patients and grandparents.”


Leeds-based Candlelighters helps to fund equipment on hospital wards and research in addition to providing support for young people with cancer and their families. The Great North Run takes runners on a 13.1 mile course from Newcastle to South Shields. This year the race takes place on September 11th, with more than 57,000 runners expected to take part.


To find out more and donate to the team from Yorkshire Rapeseed oil, visit Team YRO’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamYRO.


Written by three60 marketing