Energetic Stourbridge mums race to help Special Olympians

Stourbridge News: Left to right - Anne Cruchley, Yvonne Warner, Pauline Evans and daughter Rebecca in London for the British 10K. Left to right - Anne Cruchley, Yvonne Warner, Pauline Evans and daughter Rebecca in London for the British 10K.

THREE Stourbridge mums pounded the streets of London in the British 10K to help raise charity cash to support Special Olympic athletes close to their hearts.

Anne Cruchley from Pedmore, Yvonne Warner from Hagley and Pauline Evans from Stourton - nicknamed the Sunday Girls after the day of the week on which they train - were among 25,000 runners who took part in the event on Sunday July 8.

Pauline’s daughter Rebecca also took part in the run - which the team completed in aid of Special Olympics Great Britain.

Half of the £2,000 they raised will go to the national charity while the rest will go to the Worcestershire branch, based at Bromsgrove’s Ryland Centre, where Stourbridge Special Olympians Amelia Martin and Alicia Bradshaw train.

Yvonne said: “We took on on the challenge with the aim of raising as much sponsorship and money as we could for this very special cause which helps to deliver year round sports training and competition for people with learning disabilities.”

Melinda Martin, mum of Clent Special Olympian Amelia, said she was “grateful beyond words” to the team for their support of the branch which has made her daughter a sporting star.

Amelia, who competes in the 100 and 200 metre sprints and the 200m relay, represented Great Britain in Prague in 2005, Rome in 2006 and took part in the World Games in Shangai in 2007. She also won three gold medals in Spain in 2008.

Alicia gained gold medals for the 200 metres and 100-metre relay in London in April and she hopes to be selected to run in Los Angeles next year.

The Sunday Girls, who staged a series of events ahead of the race to help rake in funds, have completed a couple of charity runs in the past and following the success of their latest outing they plan to organise one each year.

To boost the team’s fundraising total visit website www.justgiving.com/thesundaygirls

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