Scilly’s Stride For Life Sets Off Again This Sunday

stride for life 2012It’s the eighth Stride for Life walk or run on Sunday.

The fundraiser represents a significant part of Cancer Research UK’s income in Scilly.

Last year, locals banked just over £17,00 for the charity through all their Scilly events and donations.

As always, entrants can decide whether they want to complete the 5km circuit of St Mary’s as a run or at a more leisurely pace.

The route follows the one first established in 2008. Runners pass the Parish Church and head for Old Town, along to Parting Carn, up Telegraph Road and then turn left along the Golf Course Lane before returning to town along Porthloo and Rosehill.

There’ll be eight marshals pointing out the way.

Organiser Beryl Read says this year’s event will start and end at a new venue – Holgate’s Green – instead of the square opposite the Bishop and Wolf. Beryl says using the centre of town can be a bit difficult for traffic.

The challenge is open to both islanders and visitors. Last year a holidaymaker, Andrew Cliff from Cheshire, completed the run in 25 minutes and 52 seconds.

Andrew only learned about the event when he popped into town to buy milk.

There’ll be tea and cakes available on the Green and, if it is dry, a bouncy castle.

Beryl says there will also be pink ribbons on sale, which people can purchase in memory of a loved one who has died of cancer.