MND Association
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Streaking Meerkat fundraising page

Emily Goodall, Tracy Woodward

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We are a team raising money for the Sheffield Institute for Translational Research (SITraN) and Motor Neurone Disease Association. Both charities are leading lights in the fight against Motor Neurone Disease (MND), a cause which is close to the hearts of many team members.

SITraN is a world leading centre for research into neurodegenerative disorders including MND, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and spinal muscular atrophy.  Based at the University of Sheffield and opened by HM the Queen in 2010 SITraN has a vision to turn ground breaking research into real patient benefit.  Website:

The MND Association is the UKs national charity focused on MND through campaigning, research funding and a network of local branches. Money raised will go to the South Yorkshire branch which is run by a friendly group of volunteers offering essential support to patients, carers and their families with regular meetings, awareness and fundraising events.  Website:

Meet the team

Mo Lecule: Team Captain & MND Awareness meerkat

Mo is a lab coat wearing meerkat with a mission to raise awareness of MND.  With his own Twitter account (@Mo_MND) and Facebook page ( Mo is a social media star who is gathering quite a following!

Sheffield to Belgium cyclists: Richard Mead, John Cooper-Knock, Sarah Cooper-Knock and Xander Beer

SITraN researchers and slightly bonkers. Taking on a cycling challenge from the doors of SITraN to the European MND research conference Leuven in Belgium. They have a lycra glad meerkat to accompany them on there journey - good luck!!

Tracy Woodward – Team coach

Tracy’s mum has lived with Parkinson’s Disease for over 20 years now.  Although not an immediately life-threatening disease, it seriously affects the quality of life for patients and becomes progressively worse and more aggressive as time goes on.  Despite everything, Tracy’s mum continues to have a ‘never give in’ attitude towards life which she seems to have passed onto her daughter considering the number of marathons and other races she has run to raise funds for both Parkinson’s Disease and the MND Association!!  In 2008 Tracy lost her sister to MND which came as a huge shock to the family and completely turned their lives upside down.  Tracy first started running with her sister, Lesley, way back in the early 1990’s so was upset to lose her training partner in 1999 when her sister emigrated to Adelaide, Australia.  Despite the distance between them there wasn’t a week went by without numerous emails and a weekly phone call to talk about running and fitness in general.  Lesley’s MND was very aggressive and within six months of diagnosis had passed away.  Tracy’s mum and sister are the inspiration and driving force behind Tracy’s race challenges and fund raising in the hope that one day other people may not have to face this devastating news.

The Goodall Sisters

Emily and Helen lost their father to MND when they were teenagers. When David Goodall was diagnosed no-one in the family understood what MND was, it came as a complete shock to learn it was a fatal condition with no cure and no effective treatments. The whole family was devastated and it changed every aspect of their lives. David had to give up the job he loved as a gardener and the family home which was tied to the position. The MND Association provided much needed emotional and practical support throughout their father's illness. Emily is now a research scientist at SITraN working towards a future without the disease on a project funded by the MND Association. Helen lives in Australia and is flying over to the UK especially to take part in the Sheffield half marathon.  She is also the inspiration for the team name after completing a 12km race in Perth last year, where an MND awareness meerkat streaked the line and made front page news!!

Vanessa Spawton

Up until three months ago I NEVER thought I’d ever enter a half marathon let alone consider running in one! How did that happen? By spending my Wednesday evenings at Run For It with Tracy the mighty motivator. Somehow the combination of Tracy and Emily actually made me think I could do it! Also though was the feeling that I should do it, for SITraNs and the MND Association: for Tracy and Emily and their families, for my Grandma (who had Alzheimer’s Disease) and for everyone out there who might benefit from these two amazing organisations. Plus maybe… a little bit for me, to one day say to myself I’ve done it, I’ve ran a half-marathon! So, I am doing it and I’m going to enjoy doing it because, if I may quote Tracy; we are “ … in a very privileged position of being able to physically run so ENJOY IT!!”

Kevin Corke - taking on double the distance!

Kevin is the department manager for SITraN and has been mad enough to take on the Paris Marathon which takes place on the same day as the Sheffield half. His mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, another of the neurodegenerative diseases which SITraN researchers work on.

Jane Evans

Jane works for the MND Association as a Regional Care Development Adviser. She is based in Sheffield and is a keen runner. It is several years since she ran a half marathon but Emily’s enthusiasm and Alison’s encouragement found her signing up for 6th April. It is great to be part of the streaking meerkat team, to be raising so much awareness of MND and to be raising funds for MND care and research.. Sheffield will certainly notice all the MND supporters on 6th April.

Sarah Langridge

Sarah is SITraN’s Research Manager and helps the scientists in SITraN to get funding to carry out their essential research into finding a much needed treatment and cure for MND.  Sarah has been inspired to join the Streaking Meerkat team not only to help to raise funds for crucial MND research to support all the patients and families who suffer from this terrible disease but to also support all the novice runners in the team.  For many of the team this will be their first half-marathon and a great challenge.

Jodie Stephenson

Jodie is a PhD student in SITraN who is taking part in the Sheffield half marathon and is considering taking on the challenge of doing a full marathon.  Jodie is in her second year of working in MND research at SITraN after being inspired to fight neurodegenerative diseases by working as a carer.

Susan Bridgeford

Director of Operations for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health. A regular runner and fund-raiser, she has been inspired to raise money for MND research and support this year after seeing a number of friends and colleagues lose family members at a young age to MND.

Karen Beck

Karen  works in ScHARR (School of Health and Related Research) in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health and has been running for three years.  She has a few 5k and 10k races under her belt, but this is her first half marathon. Karen was inspired to join the team raising money for MND Association and SITraN on learning that some of her fellow runners' had been personally affected by MND and because her grandad had his own personal struggle with dementia (which is one of SITraN's research areas).  Karen admits that she sees the half marathon as a challenge, but one that she is ready to meet.  She is running because she can, for those who cannot.

John Grundy

Running Sheffield Half Marathon for my dad who is currently fighting the disease. Forms part of my 1 year of running, swimming and cycling 10,000km challenge, to raise valuable funds and awareness for MND.

Jenny McMurran, Tori Shanklin, Matt Olney, James Barson and Nick Glascow

A sub-team of first year Sheffield Medical students who were inspired to join the Streaking Meerkat team after hearing about it at a charity cake sale.

Alison Proctor

Member of the SITraN clinical team, a respiratory physiologist who helps MND patients with breathing muscle weakness. Alison ran the Percy Pud 10km with some of the Streaking Meerkat team and was swayed to join in by their infectious enthusiasm for the challenge.

Christine Anderson

I am a 'veteran' runner and only took up running 7 years ago. I joined the runforit group last summer to get in shape for my first marathon in York last October. I've been inspired by Tracy's infectious enthusiasm and the team spirit, and feel privileged to run for such a great cause. The 'personal best' I'm aiming for is to get to the finish line and raise lots of money for the MND association!


Steph Allen

Steph has completed a few 5k and 10k races since joining Tracy's Wednesday running group, but this will be her first half marathon. Steph was inspired to join the team raising money for MND Association and SITraN on learning that some of her fellow runners' had been personally affected by MND and is keen to support research in this field.  Steph admits that she sees the half marathon as a massive challenge, but one that she is ready to meet. 

Laura Ratcliffe, Jennifer Dodd, Matt Stopford, Matt Walsh, Ale Lorente Pons, Joe Scarrott, Saul Herranz, Rebecca Brown

SITraN staff and students all keen to help the local patients who contribute so much to their research.

Sam Patrick

Siobhan Marples

Rachel Dodd

Damien Farhad

Bo Zuo

Claire Storey

Lyn Duffield


Recent donors

15.12.14 Merry Christmas to all my fellow running buddies, family and friends. Instead of sending xmas cards this year I am donating to a very worthwhile cause where I know for definite that all the money will be accounted for and used properly.


13.10.14 In support of the C Floor gang in the Medical School who are going Sober for October and have requested their sponsorship goes to this very worthy cause. You can do it!!! xx

06.09.14 Well done Jenn! And thanks for the Ice Bucket Challenges!

03.09.14 This is my Ice Bucket Challenge donation.

01.09.14 Ice bucket (lots of ice) challenge done, very worthy cause

31.08.14 Some friends and me, donated this money doing the ice-bucket challenge :)

31.08.14 Ice bucket challenge done!

30.08.14 Thanks to Tracy Woodward for my ALS/MND ice bucket nomination. Here's my donation & thanks also to Linda & John Norris, Denise Kirk, Lily Fox, Owen, Bailey & Joanne Kirk for their donations :-)


28.08.14 Good luck

28.08.14 My donation following my Ice Bucket aka Bin Challenge! :)

28.08.14 This is such a good way to induct a new member of staff!

28.08.14 donation from my ice bucket challenge, and behalf of my daughter Zoe Bagley also for her ice bucket challenge!

28.08.14 The Marshall family donation from our ice bucket challenges! Thank you Tracy for arranging the ice :/

27.08.14 Congratulations on reaching your £10,000 target. Here's my donation from my ice challenge


27.08.14 My ice bucket challenge donation! Thanks for the nomination Tracy!

26.08.14 Yay! Think that's topped us over our target! BOOM!!

26.08.14 Keep up you amazing work! It means so much to my family and I. Sophie x

26.08.14 good luck!

26.08.14 The second part of the ALS ice bucket challenge.

26.08.14 The water was cold, The ice was hard, We suffered it in SITraN's front yard!

25.08.14 A massive thank you to everyone for all that you do x

25.08.14 Money from boot camps & ice buckets!


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Tracy Woodward
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