Spectators at Ilkley’s half marathon might have been in ‘suspicious minds’ about the competitor running like a ‘hound dog’, dressed as Elvis, which turned out to be Ilkley lawyer Neil Shaw, from LCF Law, whose outfit helped raise a staggering £5,000 for charity.
Neil ran the inaugural Ilkley half marathon in a team of 11 runners who all raised money for Burley Tereli Friendship Trust (BTFT). The charity was founded by residents in Burley in Wharfedale with support from Channel Four news presenter Jon Snow, who twinned Burley with the village of Tereli, in Mali, West Africa, through his On the Line Millennium project.
BTFT has helped build a school, pharmacy and maternity room in Tereli, as well as funding work to dig wells, dune stabilisation work to preserve land for crops and supplying a motorcycle ambulance to transport locals 25 miles to the nearest hospital. The money raised from Ilkley’s half marathon will go towards establishing the first palliative cancer care centre in Mali.
Despite wearing the trademark Elvis suit, Neil completed the 13.1mile course, in an impressive two hours and 13 minutes. It’s the latest of many runs the legal partner, who head’s LCF Law’s Personal Law team, has completed dressed as Elvis.
He said: “The first Ilkley half marathon was a fantastic event and Elvis received a brilliant response from both spectators and other runners. We’ve all been bowled over by the generosity of everyone who has sponsored us, which has pushed our initial £3,000 target to more than £5,000.
“There’s very little cancer care of any sort in Mali, and certainly no palliative care, so creating a dedicated cancer centre in the area will make a huge difference to the people of Tereli and many others in the surrounding towns and villages.”
The half marathon was organised by the Ilkley and District Round Table and saw approximately 2,000 runners complete a route through Ilkley, Ben Rhydding, Addingham and Crier Hill. Anyone still wanting to sponsor the BTFT team can do so at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ and search for Team BTFT.
LCF Law employs more than 145 people across offices in Ilkley, Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate.