Athletes sprint for cancer charity

Eastbourne Rovers
Eastbourne Rovers

The Eastbourne Rovers Athletic Club held a very successful evening of one mile time trials to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Athletes estimated the time that it would take them to walk, jog or run a mile and tried to achieve this in their chosen race. The idea came from the British Milers club races and club coach Andy Payne uses this evening to celebrate his birthday.

The last race is the fastest when the top middle distance athletes from the club and guests go head to head. This years winner was Chris Dodd who sprinted round in a brilliant 4min 52.9 secs. The fastest female was Laura Seaman from Brighton University who finished in 6m05.6, with Eastbourne Rovers runner Abigail Hughes close behind in 6m16.8 secs.

A fantastic £ 410 was raised and this will go towards running the Teenage Cancer Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. This will help to provide a friendly home- from- home environment for patients, as well as a large recreational space, DJ hub, computers, games, classroom and a chill out area.

It has been shown that teenagers have a 15% better chance of surviving if treated in one of these specialised Units, rather than in a children’s ward or with older patients.