Bradford City Runs – Lucy's Story

Article dated Monday Oct 2, 2017 at 01:27 PM

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Meet Lucy Trevor - Lucy is taking part in her first Bradford City Runs to raise money for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit.

Although she has little experience of running and taking part in running events, she has thrown herself in at the deep-end and has signed up for the half marathon.

Bradford City Runs is unique in that it offers adults the choice of taking part in either the 5K, 10K or half marathon run on a 5km traffic-free city centre loop

The event is chip-timed and all finishers get a medal and a t-shirt. There’s also a 1-mile kids run with medals for finishers.

Each year the event raises money for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) which was set up after the tragic Bradford City Fire in 1985 which claimed 56 lives and injured over 250 people.

Lucy is a doctor who has recently been appointed a plastic surgery research fellow and is carrying out research at the University of Bradford. She will be looking into how wound healing can be improved at the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit.

This research enables the research fellows to practice evidence-based medicine to deliver the best possible outcomes for patients. The advances made by the unit in medical knowledge and clinical techniques are available for use by clinicians across the world.

Lucy said: “I enjoy maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle and, as a doctor, I believe in practicing what I preach. I have always considered taking part in a running event and I decided to choose Bradford City Runs in support of the PSBRU.

“I signed up for the half marathon as it was the longest distance offered! I have not run a 5K or 10K race before, however I believe it is important to aim high. I am ambitious and would not be where I am today if I never pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I am passionate about the charity which is entirely funded by charitable donations, therefore I have the motivation to train and prepare for the half marathon.

"I have been out running three or four times a week and attending fitness classes when it has been too rainy to get out. Training has been going well and I hope to cross the line in a time of around two hours 20 minutes. I have recently done the 5km Bradford Park run in Lister Park and completed it in 27 minutes 31 seconds.

“I am looking forward to having the support of the community cheering me on. I also cannot wait for the sense of achievement in crossing the finish line, it will be a first hopefully of many!”

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “Lucy is an excellent example of what Bradford City Runs is all about, people getting together, pushing themselves and having fun whilst raising money for a fantastic cause.”

Lucy is keen for people to sponsor her and has set up a Just Giving page. She hopes to raise over £500 for the unit. People can make donations at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/psbru-lucy

Hundreds of people have already signed up for the event, which is organised through a partnership between Bradford Council and Bradford Athletics Network. To sign up, visit bradfordcityruns.co.uk

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