Newark's runners to raise money for fire devastated Australia
The Newark Striders are using their weekly park run to raise money for those affected by the disastrous Australian wildfires.
Running club member Tom Stimson is encouraging others to take part in a run on Saturday after hearing the personal tragedies of those affected.
Tom said: "I have relatives in Australia. One of my good mates has lost his home. He lost everything, including a lot of archaeological artefacts in his house."
The fundraising is part of a worldwide online effort to raise money for the Australian Red Cross, by running either a 5k or half-marathon, which has raised nearly £250,000 so far.
Despite his personal connection with some of those in Australia, Stimson — who is one of the club's appointed mental health champions — said it is not just him that wanted to help.
"It sorted of snowballed really. The head of Newark Striders saw it and wanted to help," he said.
"The running clubs are supportive too, I emailed them about this saying we've got to do this, although it doesn't matter how much we raise."
The 5k run for adults will take place on Saturday at 9am, with the 2k junior run at the same time on Sunday.
There will be an additional half-marathon on Sunday where members from all of Newark's running clubs are to take part.
Runners are also encouraged to wear either the traditional Australian green and gold, or the orange and red of the Aboriginal flag.
Money will be collected at the event.
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