Runners And Walkers Out in Force For Cancer Despite Heat

Winner Andrew Cliff

Winner Andrew Cliff

77 people entered the Stride for Life run or walk around St Mary’s yesterday in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The winner of the event was a visiting doctor from Cheshire, Andrew Cliff, who completed the 5km circuit of St Mary’s in 25minutes and 52seconds.

He only heard about the event while he was out buying milk on Sunday morning and admits he had enjoyed a few drinks in Old Town on Saturday evening.

Regular half-marathon runner Andrew says he found the distance manageable in yesterday’s heat. And he said he was keen to support the event because, as a urologist, he treats many patients who have prostate cancer.

Helen Pearce was the first woman home. She says the new road surface on part of the route made the running smoother and more comfortable, but it was still a challenge in the heat.

One entrant brought a first for the event, now in its fifth year. PC Faye Webb, who broke her leg in an accident earlier this year, is the first person to cover the distance in a wheelchair.

Organiser Beryl Read is Chairman of the Cancer Research UK Committee in Scilly.

There had been talk about bringing in a longer course, but Beryl says 5km is the right length, especially if it’s hot, and means volunteers don’t have to give up too much of their day to support the event.

Beryl says the charity’s activities are a Scilly success story.

They raised a total of £25,000 in the islands last year, which included £13,000 brought in by a team from Tresco who entered the Rickshaw Challenge in India and a further £12,000 in local events.

This year, entrants and supporters are being asked to buy a pink ribbon to show their support for the cause. The ribbons were tried to railings next to the Cornerhouse.

Beryl says they’ll become a fixture at all of their events because it’s a good way for people to remember lost ones, even if they don’t want to take part in the run.