Sunday 13th July marked a special occasion for Cancer United, it was the first big event held by the charity since its start, and what a start!
With over 60 participants taking part in the run and many more attending the family fun day to show their support for the charity, everyone involved enjoyed a fantastic day. Poor weather forecasts leading up to the day couldn’t dampen spirits, and by midday the sun was shining down over The Fox in Patching and everyone was soaking it up!
Jan Sheward, founder of Cancer United, started off the day with a speech to everyone present at The Fox. Following these words, all runners took part in a fun warm up headed by Debbie McLean. Runners then headed down to the starting line for the race to begin. The race began just after 11am and with the sun just beginning to poke its head out from behind the clouds, everyone was in great spirits and excited for the home-made horn to sound so that they could set off! Once it did, the runners set off through the woods of Angmering Park Estate.
In first and second place were Michael and Thomas Caffyn, with very impressive times of 19 minutes 30 seconds and 19 minutes and 40 seconds respectively. In 8th place was 12 year old George Wakelen who completed the run in 23 minutes! The first woman across the finish line was Mary Donnelly, in 11th place she finished with a great time of 24 minutes and 30 seconds. Every runner who took part in the race did finish, so it was a fantastic effort from everyone who took part!
Once the race finished and the dust had settled, everyone headed back to The Fox to collect their Cancer United T-Shirts and wristbands for taking part. The weather by this point was magnificent, as was the mood. Many got involved in the activities, which included a raffle, tombola, penalty shoot-out and tests of strength on a rowing machine and exercise bike kindly loaned out by Virgin Active. There was even live music later on from Men at Risk, a group of three friends whose lives have been affected by cancer and who decided to form a band to raise money for cancer charities.
The day was a huge success and raised over £700 for the CU Fitter project, which aims to build a specialised gym space for the recovery of Cancer patients. Everyone involved in the event highlighted how enjoyable the run was to take part in and the fun they had!
Everyone from Cancer United would like to thank all of those who took part and came along to help make the day a great one. We would also like to thank all of those who helped make the day possible. Bring on next year!