Over thirty members of DK Running Club took part in a special eight-mile run on Sunday 23 August as a tribute to a much loved member who passed away last year.
For the last seven years, the club has organised an early summer ‘Cob Run’ from their Wall Heath clubhouse to The Anchor Inn, Caunsall. The run is named after the pub’s famous ham, beef and cheese cobs.
This year, though, due to Covid-19 the run had to be put back a few weeks and organiser John Gould decided it should be held in memory of long-standing club member and leading light, John Glover, who lost his battle against cancer in the summer of 2019.
It would have been John Glover’s birthday on 23rd August and, after finishing the Cob Run, the DKers, most wearing the club’s blue hoops, raised their glasses in tribute to John at The Anchor Inn, witnessed by John’s wife, Beryl.
The runners organised themselves into groups of no more than six and left their clubhouse at staggered intervals from 9am. They kept their social distance from each other, in line with Covi-19 restrictions, throughout the eight-mile run along the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.
Each runner paid £10 to take part in the Cob Run with £5 going towards a cob and a pint at The Anchor while the other £5 went towards two charities which meant a lot to John Glover and Beryl: the Georgina Ward at Russells Hall Hospital and Stourbridge’s Mary Stevens Hospice.
The Anchor Inn generously donated £50 towards the fund-raising effort as well as adding cobs and drinks to raffle prizes. In total, £401.70 was raised with the profits being split between the two charities.
At The Anchor Inn, the DK runners applauded Lisa Hadlington and Ingrid Cain, fellow club members who, along with John Gould, organised the Cob Run.
The Hoops have already booked The Anchor Inn for next year’s Cob Run which they hope will take place in a coronavirus-free world.