Why I Run. With Neil Pennock

Meet Neil Pennock, the 47-year-old Sydney local who’s first City2Surf was back in 2010, running alongside his partner, Trace Richey. Legend has it, they mainly walked the course and rehydrated with a glass of sav blanc at a pub along on way. These are all just speculations, of course.

In 2013, Trace was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a disease which stops bone marrow making healthy blood cells. Two years later, and after several rounds of chemotherapy, Trace underwent a Bone Marrow Transplant, which resulted in a severe case of Graft vs Host Disease and sadly lost his life. Trace had a career in professional fundraising and right until the very end, was working to raise funds for a leukaemia project.

Following his death, Neil has been a champion for fundraising and is dedicating his efforts in this year’s run to raise money for a new bone marrow ward at St Vincent’s Hospital. With the help of his team All For Trace, he’s reached $240,000 so far, with another $60,000 to go. Hop onto the raising money page on the website and search for team All For Trace to help Neil reach his goal.