DUBBED the ‘Wakefield Wonderwoman’ by the local press, Sue Parkin, from Roger Drive, Sandal, set herself a gruelling challenge to raise more than £2,400 for the National Deaf Children’s Society. Her ten-day trek across China was backed by various organisations in the city. In an interview with the Wakefield Express, she explained how the death of her husband Gerry had led her to review her life. Her first challenge was to lose two stones in weight but later she came across an advertisement asking people to trek across China. The expedition included parts of the Great Wall, which was a great challenge for Sue, who walked up to eight hours a day in extreme conditions. She said: “I don’t think I realised how hard it would be and it really pushed me to the limit, but that was what I wanted.” Photo courtesy Wakefield Express
Weather puts paid to hospice Sandal 10k run
HUNDREDS of competitors failed to make it past the start line when the Sandal 10k race was called off in May 2006 for the first time in its history. About 1,000 runners were set to take part in the main road race and fun run in aid of Wakefield Hospice but after torrential rain the race referee was forced to call it off on health and safety grounds. Race organiser Dave Moulden said it was the first time the event had been cancelled in its nine-year history. The race was reorganised for Sunday, September 3.