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Around 50 friends and family members of 25 year old local man Dan Hickey, who was tragically killed in a hit and run incident in Clifton last year, are coming together to take on the Great Bristol Half Marathon in his memory on Sunday 25 September. 15 members of the team got together ahead of the event at his rugby club, Bristol Saracens today.
The Dan Hickey Fund, set up by family and friends in his memory, aims to raise money to support and develop young people through sport and drama, Dan's two big loves in life.
The fund is administered by his family, six of Dan's closest friends and the Quartet Community Foundation, grants are available for individuals and youth organisations to support sport or drama initiatives that benefit young people up to the age of 25 in the local Bristol community.
Friends and family from across the country will gather on Sunday 25 September to take part in the 13.1 mile event in the city, including his brother Joe, sister Elizabeth, former schoolmates from Bristol Cathedral School, fellow students from Leicester University and team mates from Bristol Saracens.
They will be joining 10,000 other runners at the start line on Anchor Road, following the route along the Portway, through the stunning Avon Gorge, twice under Clifton Suspension Bridge and around the old city before returning to the Harbourside.
Dan's mother Cecilia Browne, who will be taking part in the event said, “ We've been overwhelmed by the support we have received from Dan's friends and the wider community since setting up the Fund.
“We will have a team of around 50 runners out on the course in a few weeks time so if you see us, feel free to give us a wave and some encouragement! If you'd like to run with us or donate to Dan's Fund there is still time.”
The event, which has been staged since 1989 is an important fixture in the city's sporting calendar and attracts runners from across the South West, and around the UK, with many raising money for good causes close to their heart.
To find out more or donate to the Dan Hickey Fund visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/TheDanHickeyFund