All pictures: David Thomas

A MUM who is taking on 52 park runs in aid of the Welsh Air Ambulance got the ball rolling on Saturday and completed her first one.

Sally Smith, 42, has been inspired by two girls - Mia Roberts and Sophie Davies - to take on the unique fundraiser.

Sophie and Mia were involved in an accident in June on the B5105 between Efenechtyd and Ruthin. Olivia Alkir, who came from the Efenechtyd area, died in the crash.

Sally heard from Mia and Sophie’s parents how important the Wales Air Ambulance helicopters had been during the incident.

The girls had been airlifted to Stoke Hospital's critical care unit and were there within 30 minutes.

Sally will complete a parkrun every Saturday morning for a year.

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On the run! Sally was supported by a number of people, as well as a little dog in a raincoat. Picture: David Thomas

She was supported at her first event - at Conwy - by Mia, Sophie and her rescue dog Milo who was dressed in a raincoat.

There was about 300 people at the run.

Sally said: "Saturday was incredible. The support from everyone who was there, and the support from everyone in the community, is a testament to how loved these two girls are.

"To see Sophie and Mia there with the biggest smiles on their faces is all the motivation I need to complete this challenge. It was an emotional day filled with positivity and love - just amazing.

"I can’t thank everyone enough for the support and donations. It’s lovely to support such a worthwhile cause as the Wales Air Ambulance. There were #52parkruns t-shirts everywhere I looked."

To support Sally and to donate, visit

Sally also has a Facebook page - 52 ParkRuns - which lists every parkrun she will be attending.