Carnival runners to show support for ‘Team Thomas’

Mary McNaught presents T-shirts on behalf of the foundation to Andrew Wearden, Kate Ledin and Sheila Bradley.
Mary McNaught presents T-shirts on behalf of the foundation to Andrew Wearden, Kate Ledin and Sheila Bradley.

Buxton Athletic Club members will all be cheering for the same runner even as they compete against each other in this year’s Carnival Road Race.

They will be remembering their colleague Thomas Theyer - who died suddenly aged just 18 soon after taking part in the event in 2013 - when they raise money to help others in his name and compete for a trophy in his memory.

The Thomas Theyer Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the first local junior runner across the finishing line.

Thomas, from Chapel-en-le-Frith, was a valued member of Buxton AC’s Junior Section, and the trophy has been funded by his parents, Chris and Alan.

Thomas’ sister Aimee will make the presentation after Saturday’s race.

And the AC team have had Thomas Theyer Foundation T-shirts, kindly sponsored by A & C Workwear of Bridgemont, to promote the charity’s campaign to raise £500,000, to create two lodges providing children and young people with different needs the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities during respite breaks.

Thomas was passionate about health and fitness and running was a major aspect of his ‘keeping fit’.

Running helped to combat some of the difficulties Thomas faced associated with Attention Deficit Disorder and Dyspraxia, which he was diagnosed as having.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TheThomasTheyerFoundation.