Grantham fun charity event turns park a very amazing pink

In the Pink Ribbon spacehopper race are Caroline Allen, Sue Stannard, Nick Boles and Yvonne Walker.
In the Pink Ribbon spacehopper race are Caroline Allen, Sue Stannard, Nick Boles and Yvonne Walker.
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Runners, walkers and cyclists gathered in Wyndham Park on Sunday to take part in the second Very Amazing Pink Ribbon Race in aid of the charity Breast Cancer Now.

Event organiser Sue Stannard, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, said she hoped it will raise about £5,000 for charity.

In the Pink Ribbon spacehopper race are Caroline Allen, Sue Stannard, Nick Boles and Yvonne Walker. EMN-160720-155031001

In the Pink Ribbon spacehopper race are Caroline Allen, Sue Stannard, Nick Boles and Yvonne Walker. EMN-160720-155031001

Participants made their way round a circular route starting and finishing in Wyndham Park and covering various distances from 5k to half a marathon.

Having recharged their batteries there was plenty of fun to be had – and of course the pink spacehoppers proved to be a great attraction for all ages. Grantham MP Nick Boles joined in a very competitive race and won by a face-plant. Charity supporter and event organiser Sue Stannard, from Caythorpe, was neck and neck with him before she was interrupted by a phone call, but managed to keep on bouncing.

There was plenty to keep everyone busy, including mini-tennis, the frustratingly difficult ‘signpost challenge’, and a tennis ball anagram game.

Sue said: “Everyone seemed to have a great time and that makes all the effort worthwhile. I was very touched by the participation of two friends who are currently undergoing chemo, another who like me is several years on from her treatment, and a fellow member of Grantham Tennis Club who lost his wife to breast cancer about 18 months ago.

Pink ribbon race participant Chloe Chatterton from Caythorpe said she loved every minute of the day. EMN-160720-155140001

Pink ribbon race participant Chloe Chatterton from Caythorpe said she loved every minute of the day. EMN-160720-155140001

“We had visitors from Canada, South Africa and – closer to home – Skegness! Support of local businesses also made a lot of difference, with Chandlers very kindly giving me the use of a Mitsubishi Outlander for the weekend, chicken provided by courtesy of Moy Park, soft drinks from Belvoir Fruit Farms, and many lovely raffle prize donations. The Caythorpe WI, Grantham DIY WI, and Grantham Rotary were also very generous in helping with our catering needs.

“With more money to come in I am hoping that once again we will raise about £5,000 for the charity.”

Among the racers was also Chloe Chatterton, from Caythorpe, who was hit by a motorcycle aged five in 1980. Her parents were told she would never walk or speak again. Chloe is now the mother of two boys, and despite 
her physical disabilities insisted on running the 5k distance.

After the event a substantial food donation was made to the Bala shelter in Grantham.

In mid bounce on a spacehopper at the Very Amazing Pink Ribbon Race in Wyndham Park. EMN-160720-155153001

In mid bounce on a spacehopper at the Very Amazing Pink Ribbon Race in Wyndham Park. EMN-160720-155153001

Readers can support the charity by texting APRR61 £5 (or any other amount) to 70070, or by visiting www.justgiving.com/veryamazingrace2016

Photographs by Colin Walton and Maz Young

Nick Boles MP got to work with help from  Pink Ribbon race participant Rachel. EMN-160720-155205001

Nick Boles MP got to work with help from Pink Ribbon race participant Rachel. EMN-160720-155205001

Rachel, Caroline and Louise with their magic wings at the Amazing Pink Ribbon Race in Wyndham Park, Grantham. EMN-160720-155218001

Rachel, Caroline and Louise with their magic wings at the Amazing Pink Ribbon Race in Wyndham Park, Grantham. EMN-160720-155218001

The Pink ribbon race Spacehoppers proved a great hit with young. EMN-160720-155048001

The Pink ribbon race Spacehoppers proved a great hit with young. EMN-160720-155048001

The Amazing Pink Ribbon Race organiser Sue Stannard takes a call during the spacehopper race. EMN-160720-155100001

The Amazing Pink Ribbon Race organiser Sue Stannard takes a call during the spacehopper race. EMN-160720-155100001

The Pink Ladies - Tracey Hodgson and Tina Devenish, with Sue Stannard and Angie Tapson - at the Amazing Pink Ribbon Race in Wyndham Park, Grantham. EMN-160720-155112001

The Pink Ladies - Tracey Hodgson and Tina Devenish, with Sue Stannard and Angie Tapson - at the Amazing Pink Ribbon Race in Wyndham Park, Grantham. EMN-160720-155112001

Stefan, one half of the Sibling Rivalry team. EMN-160720-155125001

Stefan, one half of the Sibling Rivalry team. EMN-160720-155125001