TH96 run returns in memory of Tom Hardman
The former Lancashire 2nd XI cricketer tragically passed away in November 2012
The TH96 fundraiser is back for 2021 in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) - but this year's challenge comes with a twist.
Tom Hardman, a talented cricketer who was selected for Lancashire's Academy and played for the Second XI in 2009 and 2010, passed away suddenly in 2012 of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome at the age of 21.
An annual run was set up for the Tom Hardman Memorial Fund, raising money for CRY to help reduce young sudden cardiac deaths through support of the organisation’s screening programme.
But due to COVID-19 the run in its traditional form had to be cancelled last year and looks likely to suffer the same fate in 2021, leaving a shortfall of between £8-10k usually raised by over 250 runners on the day.
To mark what would have been Tom's 30th birthday in 2021, close friend Will Purser is embarking on the #TH96THIRTY challenge - 3,000 miles in 300 days.
So far, he has covered over 550 miles in just 46 days and has raised over half of the £5,000 target, with all money going to CRY.
Will said: "We normally have an annual run, the #TH96run for Tom, but due to COVID we have been unable to run the event last year and probably this year too, and this is why I thought I had to do something!
"Tom's story has been shared far and wide and we hope that by continuing to host events such as this we can not only raise money to fund both much needed research and heart screenings but that we can also raise awareness and maybe even save another young person's life."
Find out more about Will's challenge and how you can donate below.