Stride Event Brings In Cash For Cancer Charity

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The 91 people who took part in the Cancer Research UK fundraiser Stride for Life yesterday, raised £672 for the appeal. And the donation from Saturday’s Church Charity Shop proceeds boosted the weekend’s fundraising to £942.

Organisers are happy, especially as the Fun Run on Bryher attracted entrants who may have undertaken the 5 km run on St Mary’s.

13 year-old Olly Glenn, who came 5th in Friday’s school marathon, completed the run in 25 minutes and 2 seconds. He was lying in second place for most of the race but overtook leader Sam James near the Dairy and made the final sprint along the Strand to cross the line first

The first local adult to finish was Julian Pearce. Julian says it was a brilliant event, especially on such a fantastic day.

Daughter Hannah Pearce was the first woman home. She says that the sunshine and the slopes, especially around the golf club, proved a challenge.

Organiser Beryl Read says they may approach the fundraising differently next year. She thinks sponsorship has dropped off because so many people are doing it on the islands now.

So next year’s event may concentrate on fundraising through entry fees on the day.

And pre-registration doesn’t seem popular either. Sheila Thomas says most people just turn up on the morning and yesterday’s lovely weather helped boost numbers.

Everyone who participated in the event received a medal and Beryl believes that’s important, because it reminds them that they took part and what the event is all about.

You can see more photos from Stride for Life in our gallery here.