Run in memory of Clare Mackmin from Diss who lost her life to epilepsy raises more than £2,000

Samantha Laurie taking part in the run. Picture: Geoff Eley

Samantha Laurie taking part in the run. Picture: Geoff Eley - Credit: Geoff Eley

Runners dressed from head-to-toe in purple took part in a 30-mile challenge dedicated to the memory of a tragic mum-to-be who died from epilepsy.

Graham Laycock, Tom Bobbins and Paul Mackmin with their medals after completing the run. Picture: Ge

Graham Laycock, Tom Bobbins and Paul Mackmin with their medals after completing the run. Picture: Geoff Eley - Credit: Geoff Eley

The Purple Run was held in Diss on Saturday, October 21, which has raised more than £2,000 for the Epilepsy Society in memory of Clare Mackmin.

Runners took on the challenge in different ways, with only two opting to run the full 30 miles, while others formed teams to split the distance.

Mrs Mackmin's father, Graham Laycock, and his parner Linda Marshall took to the roads and walked a 10-mile lap, thanking runners along the way.

Mr Laycock said: 'As well as raising much needed funds for the Epilepsy Society, the Purple Run also gives us the chance to raise awareness of S.U.D.E.P (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy).

Graham Laycock and Linda Marshall. Picture: Geoff Eley

Graham Laycock and Linda Marshall. Picture: Geoff Eley - Credit: Geoff Eley


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'For anyone who is living with epilepsy, or for those who have loved ones with epilepsy, one thing that we want to encourage is for them to get a care plan in place and don't be afraid to ask questions.'

Tom Bobbins, owner of the Heywood Health and Fitness Club, said: 'Everyone at the club, from the runners to the staff and supporters all came together to make this event a real success.

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'We are all blown away at the generosity of donations, people's time and for the local businesses who stepped in to help make the event what it was.

'As a runner who took part, knowing we were running for such a worthy cause and in memory of such a wonderful woman certainly helped spur us on. We hope to turn this into an annual event and smash this year's target in 2018.'

Local businesses donated goods and services, including Tesco and Morrisons.

Harris Hog Roast attended the event and provided the runners with food once they had completed the course. Station 1-1-9 also provided drinks to the runners at the post run social held in the club's bar.

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