Stride For Life Gets Lucky Break With Weather

Winner Rory Townsend

Winner Rory Townsend

Organisers of yesterday’s Cancer Research UK Stride for Life event are delighted with the turnout.

117 people ran or walked the 5km course around St Mary’s, considerably more than last year, when there were 77 entrants, and close to the 2008 record of 127 people taking part.

Organiser Beryl Read says at 5.30am they considered whether it should go ahead because of the heavy rain and she’s glad they held out for a break in the weather.

The sun came out just an hour before the event’s start time of 11am.

The fastest runners were all visitors and the first man home shaved almost 5 minutes off last year’s time to finish in 21 minutes and 6 seconds.

Surrey resident Rory Townsend is Norman and Peggy Discombe’s grandson. He says it was tough, mainly because of the windy conditions.

Rory say he expects to be on St Mary’s for next year’s event and says he’s now got a great reason to take part again and defend his title.

Julie Ferris

Julie Ferris

The first woman to complete the circuit was Julie Ferris who finished in 26 minutes and 5 seconds.

She is on holiday from Leicestershire, where she’s a member of the Charnwood Running Club.

Beryl says the event has generated £767 so far and more sponsorship cash is expected to come in over the next few weeks.

Unfortunately the strong winds meant the bouncy castle and tents couldn’t go up on the green, but Beryl says the Scillonian Club “went out of their way” to open up and help them with the event.

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