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Young Night Striders already raise more than £1,000

YOUNG friends James Duncan and Malachi Moss already play football and take part in swimming, athletics and cross country running.

But the two sporty ten years old have also found the time to become Night Striders - and have already raised an incredible £1,345 before even setting out on one of the year’s most popular fundraising events.

Night Strider – sponsored by Gripple - is the annual nocturnal half marathon and 10k walking challenge that aims to raise more than £130,000 for our patient care.

Last year’s event saw more than 1,000 St Luke’s supporters take to the streets as darkness fell on the city on an October evening.

And this year James and Malachi will joining in the fun along with mums Melissa and Bronwen.

The Woodseats friends, both pupils at Abbey Lane Primary School, decided they wanted to become Night Striders and complete the full half marathon course after hearing that the mum of another of their friends was a patient at St Luke’s.

“It’s hard to know what you can do in a situation like this but the boys wanted to do something to help and when they heard about Night Strider they asked if we could sign up,” said James’ mum Melissa.

“We’ve been told by how amazing the support for the whole family has been at St Luke’s so we thought we’d set ourselves a fundraising target of £100 - but it’s amazing the response we’ve had.

"We never thought that we’d raise so much - and we’re delighted it’s going to St Luke’s!”

Starting out from Tudor Square in Sheffield city centre as darkness falls on Saturday October 7, Night Strider takes in some of Sheffield’s finest locations as it heads out towards Ecclesall and then back to the Tudor Square finish line.

With no running involved, there’s plenty of time to take in the city’s best known  views by moonlight as walkers embark on their nocturnal challenge.

And for any dogs taking up the challenge, water bowls and dog treats will be available at official pit stops along the route.

Either a full half marathon distance or a shorter 10k route, Night Strider is open to everybody over the age of 10 - though participants aged 10 to 17 must be registered and accompanied by another participant aged 18 or over - and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

The individual entry fee is £25 - to sign up before midnight on Sunday simply visit Night Strider

 To support the young Night Striders visit James and Malachi