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Stride for Life a success despite sabotage

UPDATE FROM BERYL READ - Stride for life - apology received.

A personal apology has been made by the person involved in moving the way markers and a donation has been made. We thank you for your honesty in coming forward & taking responsibility.

Today's Stride for Life fundraiser on St Mary's made £720 for Cancer Research UK, with sponsor money yet to be collected.

Some 59 people competed in the annual 5 and 10k events, which went without a hitch despite an attempt to sabotage the race.

Beryl Read, one of the organisers, explained: "We went round this morning to put the course markers out, then went round half an hour later and someone had been there moving them, which isn't very clever at all, is it?"

She added: "This is one of our big fundraising things for Cancer Research UK for the year. We get people coming and helping out who don't usually do it. The 10k went off at 10.15 and they go round the course twice. You get the serious ones and they asked if we could do a 10k last year so we're repeating it this year. It's quite successful. Then there are the 5k runners and walkers, plus we've got two kids on bikes this year."

The numbers were significantly down on 2017's event, thought to be because of the heat.

Beryl later posted on Facebook: "Thank you to every one who took part in the Cancer Research UK Stride for life run/walk today. A special thank you to the stewards and all the helpers involved. It was only marred by the action of an idiot or idiots who saw fit to change the direction of several way markers, fortunately this was discovered before the event. It would be nice to feel that the culprit(s) would send an apology in the form of a suitable donation, we realise this is unlikely to happen.

"Considering the hot weather and the lower numbers taking part, it still seems to have been a successful event. Money raised on the day amounts to £720, sponsor money yet to be collected. When I have a total amount we will post an update."​


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