Grantham fun charity event turns park a very amazing pink
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.
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.
“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.
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