Cheadle 4 road race will honour the memory of young athlete

THE paediatric neurology department at Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital is to benefit from next month's Cheadle 4 road race.

This year's event is being run in memory of 15-year-old Oakley Wright, from Cheadle, a patient at the hospital, who died from an inoperable brain tumour in April.

Oakley, the son of Cheadle Running Club's Jenny and Mark Dalkins, was a talented runner himself, having represented both Staffordshire Moorlands AC and Cheadle RC. He won the Potters Arf race in 2017

Because of the coronavirus pandemic this year's Cheadle 4 will be staged as a 'virtual race' but will remain part of the North Staffordshire Road Runners Association (NSRRA) 2020 Series.

The 2020 race is taking on a different format because of coronavirus social distancing measures.

There are different options for runners to partake in the event.

Competitive runners can choose ‘option 1’ allowing members to use NSRRA guidelines and complete the course in one attempt with times equating to points as normal.

‘Option two’ allows runners to complete the four miles at their own will, timing their different phases before totalling up their overall time.

Race organisers Cheadle Running Club are extending an open invitation to members of the local community to take part, so as to make it an extra-special event in Oakley's memory.


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