Eastbourne’s Race for Life - rain doesn’t dampen spirits

Race for life at Eastbourne Sports Stadium, the runners warm up ready for the race

Race for life at Eastbourne Sports Stadium, the runners warm up ready for the race

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AROUND 2,000 runners braved the rain on Sunday (June 5) to take part in Eastbourne’s annual Race for Life event.

The aim of the ladies-only day was to raise money for Cancer Research UK, and it was also a chance for the runners to remember loved ones they’ve lost to the disease or for runners to celebrate beating cancer.

Once again Eastbourne Sports Park, in Cross Levels Way, was awash with pink as the colourfully clothed competitors took part in two 5km races.

Anne Angel, the secretary of the Eastbourne and District committee of Cancer Research UK, started the race with a rousing speech and also appealed to the runners to carry on helping the charity after the event.

She said, “I am delighted to represent Eastbourne fundraising committee for Cancer Research UK who have so far raised more than three quarters of a million pounds.

“We are always looking for volunteers to help with fundraising events. If you have a few hours to spare from time to time please come and see us at our stand.

“Thank you so much for supporting this fantastic cause, and for all the money you will be raising for Cancer Research UK, and good luck with the race - I have managed to complete it five times so I am sure you can.”

To find out more about becoming a volunteer for the charity, email annefangel@yahoo.co.uk

For more photos of Sunday’s great event see the Herald on Friday.