Get set to run in memory of the Forest legends Clough and Taylor
BRIAN Clough and Peter Taylor are fondly remembered as the footballing duo who took Nottingham Forest to unprecedented success in 1970s and 1980s.
Now a new charity run has been set up in their memories to raise money for a fund set up by Nottingham's hospitals to pay for research into the disease that killed Peter Taylor at the age of just 62.
He died on October 4, 1990, of pulmonary fibrosis – an incurable disease which scars the lungs and causes chronic breathlessness.
The 10km run will take place at Donington Park on Sunday, March 10, and it is hoped it will become a regular fixture in the East Midland's fundraising calendar.
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The run – called the Clough Taylor People's Run – is the brainchild of Jim Cowan, 50, the man who organised the first ever Race for Life which attracted 750 runners in Battersea Park, London, in 1994.
Mr Cowan, 50, said: "I had the idea for this run four years ago. We want to raise money for good causes and celebrate the lives of two great men.
"Originally we had intended to have a course which started at the City Ground and finished at Derby's Pride Park, but the Highways Agency wouldn't let us close the road.
"When Donington Park heard about this they offered us the venue – and here we are."
Mr Cowan said the race is aiming to attract around 5,000 people, who can either walk, run or jog the course.
Funds will be split among four different charities: The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign; Cerebral Palsy Sport; Hope Against Cancer; and Nottingham Hospitals Charity's Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Fund.
Peter Taylor's daughter, Wendy Dickinson, selected the Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Fund as a chosen charity for the event.
She said: "My dad was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis when he was just 59 and still in the prime of his life.
"Three years later he was dead. This truly horrible disease robbed him of the ability to do the things he loved – walking, playing with his grandchildren, gardening – just the normal, everyday things that we all should be able to enjoy.
"He took part in early research into the disease and the team at Nottingham have made some amazing steps forward in understanding the disease but, although drugs are now being developed, there is still no effective treatment and certainly no cure. There is still a long way to go."
For more information or to take part in the Clough Taylor People's Run in aid of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, visit www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk, call the charity office on 0115 962 7905, or email firstname.lastname@example.org