To celebrate the launch of the Herd of Sheffield, over 70 Accelerate runners came together for a 11km fun run, raising £187 for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Armed with trail maps and using the hashtag #gathertheherd, the Accelerate runners attempted to visit as many elephant sculptures as possible, taking plenty of ‘elfies’ along the way.

“The elephants really caught our attention,” said Accelerate co-owner Stuart Hale. “We bobbed into town, bought a trail map and decided that there was definitely an orienteering challenge to be done. We pencilled out a rough route, publicised our plans on social media and the response was really great. We’re planning to repeat the whole route nearer to the end of the trail. It’s just really good fun!”

“I go to the Wood Run that Accelerate organises every Thursday morning,” said runner Colin Perkins. “The elephant run helped a great cause for a fantastic local hospital. It was a brilliant way to see 45 of the herd elephants. We got some great reactions from the Sheffield Friday night town goers. I only missed out on one elephant selfie on the whole route – as my phone overheated!”

“It’s fantastic that Accelerate have used the Herd of Sheffield not only as an opportunity to get out and about and have some fun, but also to raise money for our special hospital,” said Herd Manager, Rebecca Staden. “They should be really pleased with their efforts. We hope more local companies follow in their footsteps and become Official Herders too!”

All of the money raised through Herd of Sheffield fundraising activities will go towards Artfelt in the Sheffield Children’s Hospital new build. Artfelt is The Children’s Hospital Charity arts programme, and aims to make the clinical more comfortable by transforming the walls of the children’s hospital and bringing creative workshops to the wards. Visit to register for your fundraising pack today.

You can also sign up to the Virtual Stampede and walk, run, cycle or swim your way to 60km during the month of September. All money raised through the Virtual Stampede will go towards new physiotherapy equipment for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

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