Reds Staff Complete Barnsley 10K for Charity

A team of staff from Barnsley Football Club and Reds in the Community ran the Barnsley 10K today in aid of two charities close to the hearts of everyone at Oakwell.

Head Coach Daniel Stendel was joined by his Assistant Andreas Winkler and First Team Coach Christopher Stern while Director James Cryne was amongst a plethora of non-playing staff from the Football Club, Academy and Reds in the Community taking part in the run.

All of the money raised will be split evenly between Mind and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Mind, who are the English Football League’s (EFL) charity partners, complete vital work in raising mental health awareness and supporting anyone who may be living with mental health problems.

The importance of Yorkshire Air Ambulance was reinforced to everyone surrounding Barnsley Football Club just a couple of months ago.

In September, long-term club volunteer Stephen Croft suffered a cardiac arrest before a scheduled first team game with Burton Albion.

Stephen was airlifted to hospital and we are all relieved to hear that he is making a recovery.

Club Chaplain Peter Amos paid tribute to both the staff who took part in the run and the fantastic causes for which they have raised money.

He said: “It gets harder every year. It was absolutely crippling with those hills. I’m especially pleased at the people who participated from the club. For that reason only, it’s been a great experience today. James Cryne – what a tough year James and his family have had. He’s never run before in his life. He’s done a really good time. I’m absolutely delighted for everybody.

“Most of us who do the running get enjoyment out of it but in the end we’re raising money for Mind. We’re all aware of the focus on mental health, especially in the world of football. To raise money to support Mind is great. We had to use the Air Ambulance not so long ago at the club to airlift Steve Croft who’d had a cardiac arrest. They are funded only by volunteer donations, not many people know that. Half of what we raise is going to Mind and half to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.”

Assistant Head Coach Winkler enjoyed the challenge despite a scare late in the race due to a mistranslation.

He said: “It was really tough. I saw the 6-mile sign and in Germany we don’t have miles, I thought it said 6K so I would’ve had to have run 4k, I couldn’t imagine! I enjoyed it a lot. I never have run 10K in my past but I really enjoyed it.”

Senior Community Coach Gareth Cooke, a keen runner when not delivering on a number of RITC sessions, finished in third place with an impressive time of just 34:09.

You can still donate to support both charities by clicking HERE.