Run renamed after murder victim Phil

Jane and Philip Sherriff

Jane and Philip Sherriff

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Grieving widow Jane Sherriff is urging people to support a village run which has been renamed in honour of her late husband Philip.

In the month which marks the first anniversary of his murder, she is asking people to lend their support to the Sherriff 10k, which will form part off Scorton’s annual Bikes and Barrows Festival on May 5.

Philip 37, died four days after being slashed across the throat with a broken bottle at a party in London.

Following the tragedy Jane set up the Bottle Stop campaign, which seeks to ban glass bottles from late night city centre pubs and clubs.

And now £1 from each entry fee for the village race will go to campaign funds.

Jane, who is a keen runner, helped set up the race last year under its original title the Scorton Bikes and Barrows 10k.

She said: “I just think it is a lovely tribute from the village to Phil. I’d urge people to give it a go. You don’t necessarily have to be a runner. It is 10k so it’s six miles, but you don’t have to be a runner, anyone can take part.”

She is currently training for the Stockholm marathon on June 1, but says the pace will be a lot slower for the Scorton race, in part due to her chosen outfit.

“I’ll be going very slowly I should think as I’ll be dressed as a sunflower,” she said.

“The sunflower represents Phil and Bottle Stop. At Phil’s funeral we just filled the church with sunflowers.”

The Scorton Festival, which runs from May 4-6, features decorated bikes and barrows placed strategically round the village.

Race organiser Chris Horner, 38, said: “Phil was a friend of mine. I am a member of the running club in Garstang and I run with Jane. I approached Jane and asked would she like us to do it in Phil’s memory.

“It was Jane that came up with the name, she suggested the Sherriff 10k. We want to try and fill it if we can. We can have up to 500 people. Last year we had about 120.”

Jane said: “It was discussed between the people in the village and Chris approached me so I jumped at the chance. I hope Phil will be happy with it.”

Phil was a keen squash player and Jane said: “I am the runner. I think he would find it quite amusing that a run is being done in his name.

“He came with the kids and watched me, so running became a big part of our lives.”

Local artist Salina Somalya hopes to commission a sculpture as the prize for the ‘fastest local’ in the race.

This piece will reflect the the idea of community and longevity and will used every year.

Help for Salina has come from North West Pre Cast and K-Cut.

To enter the race visit shoestringresults.com.