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Biggest ever turn-out for charity run in memory of teenager David Acott

PUBLISHED: 14:33 09 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:36 09 March 2019

Cromer football club and their coach after successfully completing David's Run (Sheringham Parkrun), in memory to David Acott. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Cromer football club and their coach after successfully completing David's Run (Sheringham Parkrun), in memory to David Acott. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

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Record numbers pulled on their football tops and strapped on their running shoes for a Parkrun in memory of a much-loved teenager.

Cromer football club and their coach after successfully completing David's Run (Sheringham Parkrun), in memory to David Acott. Picture: Ella WilkinsonCromer football club and their coach after successfully completing David's Run (Sheringham Parkrun), in memory to David Acott. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Around 250 people took part in this year’s David’s Run at Sheringham Park, which has become an annual fundraising event since David Acott died aged 17 in 2015.

His mum, Janet Acott, said she was delighted with the turn-out and the enthusiasm everyone had shown.

She said about £400 had so far been raised online in this year’s appeal, with a similar amount collected at the run.

Mrs Acott, who lives in Cromer, said: “Considering strong winds were forecast we were worried it wasn’t going to go ahead, so we were very lucky and had our best turn out so far.

Cromer football club and their coach after successfully completing David's Run (Sheringham Parkrun), in memory to David Acott. Picture: Ella WilkinsonCromer football club and their coach after successfully completing David's Run (Sheringham Parkrun), in memory to David Acott. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

“It has helped keep David’s memory alive, and I’ve had a lot of messages about what a good feeling there was there.”

David, who was a huge football fan and supported Arsenal, died two-and-a-half years after he had a lifesaving liver transplant after suffering from Wilson’s Disease - a condition that causes copper to accumulate in parts of the body.

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Mrs Acott is a regular face at Sheringham Parkrun, and said she had firsthand experience of the event’s therapeutic and social value.

She said: “People take part for all different reasons - everyone’s got their story.

From left to right: Andy Parish, Nick Parsons, Josh Crask, Zoe Parish, Jen Armstrong and Lee West, after successfully completing David's Run (Sheringham Parkrun), in memory to David Acott. Picture: Ella WilkinsonFrom left to right: Andy Parish, Nick Parsons, Josh Crask, Zoe Parish, Jen Armstrong and Lee West, after successfully completing David's Run (Sheringham Parkrun), in memory to David Acott. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

“Some are doing it for mental health, others because they are coming to terms with grief or are dealing with situations in their families.

“Parkrun gives you something very positive to focus on, and you don’t have to run, you can also walk around.”

David went to schools including Sheringham High and Paston College in North Walsham.

He and his mum took up Parkrun together.

Jason and his son Richie Thurbon, after successfully completing David's Run (Sheringham Parkrun), in memory to David Acott. Picture: Ella WilkinsonJason and his son Richie Thurbon, after successfully completing David's Run (Sheringham Parkrun), in memory to David Acott. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

A keen sportsman, he took part in badminton and swimming in the Transplant Games in 2014. Representing the hospital where he had his transplant, King’s College, he won one gold and two bronze medals.

Mrs Acott said the run would take place again around the same time next year.

Further donations can be made on uk.virginmoneygiving.com, search for David’s Run.

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David Acott who died four years ago after suffering with cancer after a liver transplant. A Sheringham Parkrun event is to be held in his memory. Picture: MARK BULLIMOREDavid Acott who died four years ago after suffering with cancer after a liver transplant. A Sheringham Parkrun event is to be held in his memory. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

David's mum Janet Acott will be among those taking part in the charity parkrun in his memory.  Picture: MARK BULLIMOREDavid's mum Janet Acott will be among those taking part in the charity parkrun in his memory. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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