Rovers Ladies Race For Life

May 16, 2006

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Women across North Somerset put on their running shoes last weekend to take part in the Race For Life in Weston-super-Mare. The event returned to the resort for the third year having raised £309,000 since it first came to Weston in 2004. It is the UK’s biggest women-only fundraiser for Cancer Research UK.

Last year’s event attracted 4,000 runners and organisers were expecting similar numbers this year and hoped to smash the fundraising target of £230,000. Runners took part in an aerobics warm-up and a minute’s silence to remember those affected by cancer before completing a 5km course along Weston beach.

Race for Life organiser Lucy Newington-Bridges said: “I think a lot of local women have been used to taking part in the Bristol event, which is the UK’s most popular, so they were really pleased to be given the opportunity to be involved in their home town.”

Rovers Supporters Marie and Sarah ran wearing their Rovers pink shirts and forum user Marie, better known as Miss Piggy reported:
“I had never done anything like this before, (my daughter Sarah had entered me). So I started training at the end of March ,gradually building up to the 5K. I knew I could easily walk it but i wanted to push myself a little harder. I ran 3 times a week, gradually increasing the distance, just leaving myself short of the 5K to complete on the day.

I ran for the very worthwhile cause of Cancer Research U.K;. but also I ran for my cousin who died 5 yrs ago from cancer, she was 5years my junior. I raised £230, my daughter £100 for Cancer Research. as far as I was concerned anything we got was worth the effort.

The day was a lot warmer than I would have liked, but the buzz and the adrenalin was flowing, making me hyper. Sarah and I wore our Pink Cowlin shirts and along the course (which was from the Tropicana to Uphill and
back) were encouraged by shouts of “come on Gasheads!”. The most poignant part for me was reading the personal messages (we were all given a blank pink sheet to write our own messages.) on the back of fellow runners. There
were runners in remission, runners mentioning Mum or Dad or Brother or Sister, school girls running for school friends, grandmothers running for grandchildren. The feeling of camaraderie left me feeling very humble, I will remember this day and feeling for the rest of my life. I saw at least 5 Pink Cowlin shirts going round, congratulations to all of you”.

Yvonne Mockridge, who is part of the Stepping on the Gas team running the Bristol half marathon on behalf of Rovers and local schools in September, ran the Bristol Race for Life and we hope all Gasheads who took part in the Bristol leg also report on their experience.

You can still help to make a difference. We still have the pink and blue Rovers wristbands for sale at both our shops. As we donate a percentage of the price to the same charity, please help by buying one.

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