Charity the winner as football fans unite for David’s Run at Sheringham Park
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Charity was the winner as football fans from across the country put rivalries aside to raise money in tribute to an Arsenal fan from north Norfolk who died just weeks after being diagnosed with a rare cancer.
Around 200 runners - many sporting their team's shirts - took part in the second annual David's Run at Sheringham Park, in place of the weekly parkrun, on Saturday.
The event was organised in memory of David Acott, from Bodham, who was just 17 when he died in March 2015 from a rare post transplant condition after winning his battle with Wilson's Disease.
It raised more than £1000 - £613.50 on the day and more than £500 in online donations - for Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides a free 'home away from home' accommodation for families with children in hospital and supported the family through both their stays at King's College Hospital in London.
Reflecting on the cacophony of colour, David's mum Janet Acott said: 'That was amazing, I loved that. We're Arsenal supporters but David just loved football so he would have really appreciated seeing all those different shirts.
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'It sounds like we've done quite well with raising funds so that's great. And we've had people from Ipswich, London and Bognor Regis.
'I'd like to keep it going, it seems like a fitting way to remember David but also to be grateful for parkrun and Sheringham Park. Because not only were we parkrunners but David helped at Sheringham Park with the rhododendron cutting and things like that, he was one of the helpers here.'
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David ran the three mile course as he fought back to fitness following a liver transplant and went on to take part in the 2013 Pinewood Triathlon in Sheringham and won three medals in the transplant games in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
Race director Ross Haddow added: 'It was a lovely spring day and lovely to see everybody in their football shirts and a grand turnout to remember David.'
Online donations can be made at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=JanetAcott