Team on track to boost fund for Helpston girl Jess

The team who ran the Sheffield half-marathon to raise money for cerebral palsy sufferer Jess Howard. Pictured back from left, Barney Rogers, Suzie Brownlow, Barry Webb, Lee Ayres, Tony Grant, Ian Robertson, Hugh Sansom, Robert Dennis, Alex Akintomide, Mark Love and front row Jess Howard and Ali Peat. There are three team members not pictured
The team who ran the Sheffield half-marathon to raise money for cerebral palsy sufferer Jess Howard. Pictured back from left, Barney Rogers, Suzie Brownlow, Barry Webb, Lee Ayres, Tony Grant, Ian Robertson, Hugh Sansom, Robert Dennis, Alex Akintomide, Mark Love and front row Jess Howard and Ali Peat. There are three team members not pictured

A team of 14 runners pounded the streets of Sheffield as they took part in a half-marathon in a bid to help a little girl with cerebral palsy.

The runners were part of Team Jess, a campaign set up by Ali Peat, of Helpston, to help Jessica Howard, four, who lives in the village and suffers from the condition.

The runners, who took part on the Sheffield half-marathon on Sunday, May 12, have raised about £9,000.

It will go towards helping Jess to fly to America for an operation - or if she is lucky enough to have the treatment on the NHS, intensive physiotherapy.

Jess, her twin sister Eva and the girls’ parents Hayley and David were in Sheffield to cheer on the runners.

Ali said: “Fourteen people went out and all 14 came back. Everyone did extremely well.

“It was a fantastic atmosphere and it was really great to have Jess and her family there supporting us.”

Of the 14 runners, the times ranged from 1hr 28 min to 2hr 45min and the team celebrated their achievement with a party in the village.

The day before Sara Jones completed the 13-mile Rat Race at Burghley Park in Stamford, raising £1,000 for the cause.

Sixteen members of the team are also preparing to complete in The Suffering, an obstacle course held at Rockingham Castle in June.

And about 90 people will also take part in the Great Eastern Run in Peterborough in October, including Jess who will complete the fun run.

For more details visit www.teamjess.org.